Hi! I'm Aubrey.

Hi! I'm Aubrey.
I am an artist based in LA (but from the good 'ol Midwest). This blog is a record of my life as a painter/artist. It is here to help me keep my place and motivation, ground me to learning and be a connection to other artists.

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Sometimes I Forget Gestalt

The principles of Gestalt (simplified, the whole exists independent of its component parts) really helpful when it comes to painting. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget to use them...One of those times being yesterday.
 Here is a link to a good article regarding Gestalt as it applies to design.
I started a painting from the condo balcony today & was wondering why it seems to be such a struggle/failure. I have concluded that it is largely because I have not applied any of the Gestalt principles.
The most helpful part of the Gestalt theory to me has been the part about grouping. Things that one can group to form a successful piece are: colors, shapes, values, textures, temperature & there are probably more. The whole piece overall should group to form a visually appealing design. (Here I would also apply the rule of 3rds. -ie: entire painting should not be cool but instead try 2/3 cool, 1/3 warm or vice versa.)

So here is a reminder to myself. Today I will do better. I will think about Gestalt as it applies to design & design my painting to be easily understood visually as a whole before delving into small details or a scattered/unfocused work.


Erika Lee Sears said...

It's always interesting to me when there is a formula to art stuff. :) Right brain versus left brain.

It's very true about 2/3 rd cool to 1/3rd warm. I remember when I first started painting I tended to go more warm then cool.

Blue Miscellaneous said...

You are not allowed to complain about anything while you are relaxing on a beach in Florida (including frustrating paintings) :) Safe travels home and I'll see you on Monday!