The compositional equation…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s ridiculous animal that’s not at all embarrassed is the giraffe.
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DSCN3518Now, here’s a picture of mine from a few months back, it was July I think…
Is it a bit too abstract for you? Perhaps you are not keen on these random swirls created by the builder doing a bit of stuff in the empty shop. One often sees this when work is being done behind glass. I suppose it serves several purposes: it stops people looking in and deciding which tools would be worth stealing later; it marks the window so no-one tries to walk through it carrying a plank thinking there’s no glass there; and also builders do like a bit of privacy as they work, sensitive souls that they are, they don’t want passers-by gawping at them… I wonder what medium they use, I suppose in the old days they used to use whitewash – do they still have whitewash? Is it possibly now watered-down white emulsion paint, or is there a specially designed liquid available for whiting out windows?…
He or she has a very nice free-flowing style though, don’t you think? There is no inhibition or hesitancy visible in execution of this fine piece of work! Come on dear reader, look closer, it is really rather nice. As I often say about such things, I’ve seen far less interesting stuff on posh art gallery walls…
So, what about the composition? Of course it was the juxtaposition of the bright red window frame and the swirly-whirly stuff that caught my eye – I seem to remember walking past and noticing it, carrying on for a few paces, and then stopping and thinking, Hm… perhaps that might make an interesting photograph… and then walking back to ‘snap’ it. What about my decision to place the vertical red area hard over to one side of the composition? I think it works – it’s all a matter of balance you know. I suppose it’s like an equation… A small amount of intense colour nicely equals a much larger area of bland mixed greys… What do you think? Is this balance about right?… Or would you like a bit more red?… it can be arranged… Oh, did you see that? Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro just walked past and both nodded in appreciation…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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