PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SPATIAL AREAS
My Definition of a Primary Space:
picture space is broken up it forms areas that are somewhat like
puzzle pieces that fit together.
spaces (the main break up of your picture)
My Definition of a Secondary Space:
spatial areas are located within/inside the primary spaces.
When you begin to make a drawing or painting, the step one is thinking of your "primary breakup forms or objects". You can think of this as the "What" part of the creative process. It is idea development. It is thinking through the image content in a picture. Simple pictures (not always less interesting, pictures) will have a short list.
Following is a sample of the idea building process where we actually think about what goes into a picture:
Developing an Idea List:
of Forms or Objects:
Breakup Form 1 foreground earth
Breakup Form 2 Interesting tree -- others further
"brainstorming" the list above, we can think about how
place and organize these forms in our picture. Each object listed
will have its own space, size and qualities. The use of the space,
the size and position of these objects, and detail. This
problem is focusing on PRIMARY BREAK UP. Therefore, do not worry
too much about detail today.
final part is the step of filling in the open areas of the primary
breakup form. This phase can be called
About ideas: Any idea when transformed through a medium can become art. But --No idea, no art. Ideas are not hard to find. They come from our reactions to life.
The following list came from a single brainstorming session. When one brainstorms you come up with a whole lot of ideas, some will be useful others may just be discarded.
Theme "Love": Self
absorbing love, brotherly love;
Love as lust;
Love unrequited love, unloving, love goddess; Love of --- (country, justice, peace, security, etc;
Joy, Sorrow, Loneliness, Longing,
Longing for --- ,
Theme, "Social Concerns":
Roles of people; Issues of life
and death; Heaven and hell; Peace,
Security, Being with people; Parties,
General Theme, "Institutions": Home scenes; Sport scenes; Entertainment industry; Hospitals, Politics, Religious themes;
Theme, "Art Abstraction":
Art Ideas: Viewing and Interpretation Reality
subjects taken from observation
(or Nature) The artist looks,
observes, captures the essence
of things he is studying. Observation
provides an unlimited source for
drawings, paintings and design.
Human beings have interpreted
the natural world since before
The ability to draw or paint realistically is not the only basis for 'good work' from nature. It is an even more important to bring out a personal viewpoint or interpretation than to make it look like a photo. Ordinary sights from everyday life would be a great treasure if we only had them from some observer who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago. Likewise your own every day life and environment would be a treasure to anyone who might wonder what life was like when you went to school as a young person.
Subjects (landscape scenes)
all sorts of objects, flowers,
fruit, vegetables, non living
forms, displayed for composition
for paintings or drawings.
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