Play 2021

Art is an experience, but if you take it too seriously logic will override your ability to be creative. This is why most artists and art educators insist that an attitude of play is useful, maybe necessary.


Here is a fun outdoor activity:


Go for a walk with your smartphone or camera and consider where you see positive and negative shapes. You may find simple examples, complicated examples, layered or conceptual examples. Wherever you walk, you will find increasingly sophisticated ways of seeing positive and negative as you acclimate to what the environment offers. I went for a walk at Rocky Mountain National Park - my New Year's resolution! Here's what I came up with while walking around Sprague Lake yesterday. BTW -even if you have the most amazing place in the world to walk, focusing on a concept such as positive and negative will challenge you to see iconic places with fresh eyes.


See composition for yourself. Composition is the arrangement of the elements of art according to the principles of design.


The Elements are: line, shape, form, pattern, space, value & color.


The Principles of Design are: movement, scale, balance, harmony, rhythm and emphasis.


Simple and repeated...

Simple...

Layered...


Ant eye view...


Layered and conceptual...

Simple....


A little outside of the positive negative shape box, still part of the hike....


Positive negative repetition...


Positive negative favorite....


Extreme close up....


...and extreme distance...

Meh...


Better....

I walked across the frozen lake for this one, another fav....


Positive negative snow wind drifts....




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