Friday, August 6, 2010

BROMMER WORKSHOP DAY 4: 8 MORE DESIGN STRATEGIES!

Day four of the workshop focused on quite a few more design strategies.  He discussed 8 additional compositional ideas.  After talking about the concept behind the design, he would show us lots of examples using this format.  There was always a wide range of subject matter and styles which was very helpful to understand how one might use this design for their own work.  Some of the examples were rather subtle and Gerald had marked those with black lines to help us see the division of space.  We were expected to produce two paintings and had the option of picking which design schemes we wanted from those that were discussed.

  Since I am not usually an abstract painter, my first choice was the Opposing Forces composition.  I can invision working this into my paintings more than some of he others.  A real challenge for me is to see how I might utilitze each design idea within my work.  I plan to play around with this idea in my sketch book when I get some breathing room. As you will see in the slide show, this was a very popular format.  I was pleased with the final piece.  I discovered some new textural techniques along the way.  I was working over old paintings.  I like how the original color shows up in very subtle ways.  For my second painting, I decided to do a vertical composition because I noticed that I have a tendency to apply collage papers in a vertical manner.  I was working on varying the width, color, and breaking up the space in an interesting way.  Not so sure about the outcome but I sure was having fun.  Here are the results of the rest of the class having so much fun it should be illegal!


5 comments:

meera said...

wonderful updates from you on the workshop--thank you! I have used opposing forces/ideas a few times in my compositions --except I call them ironies :) They are really fun to compose! Love your workshop paintings and thanks for the slide show too.

Diana said...

Myrna, that is awesome. I have gotten so many ideas thanks to you.. I wish I could have taken the class too.. oh I'm going to have to get his book and work some of this into my watercolors.. thank You! Diana

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Exciting! Your opposing forces composition is stunning; hard to make violet and yellow work too. It will be fun to see how you work this into future paintings.

Mel Rabkin said...

The top one is a winner Myrna!

Michelle Himes said...

Oh, Wow, Myrna! I just love that top one! I hope you are going to frame it.

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