Thursday, July 12, 2018

Flattening and Pattern Painting

Today in our Expressive Figure class
we talked about the approach known as
Flattening or Pattern Painting.

Milton Avery 
"Artist's Wife" 

The form is flattened and the design is arranged by 
one shape next to another 
Use of repeated patterns break up some of the flat shapes.
(Her sweater and the chair)
Proportions are distorted.
(Her feet)

This abstract approach uses just shape, line and color
to design an exciting compositon;
a definate challenge for representational painters 
who focus on value and reality to make the statement. 

My quick demo

and some student work:

None of us were thrilled with the results but
recognized the value of opening new doors.

That is what summer is all about.

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