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Negative Shapes and Spaces

In starting a painting I look at the basic shapes. I begin with a large brush and block in the masses. Visual interest increases with irregularity and variability of shapes. Spaces between shapes also need to be visually interesting. Every shape in nature is interesting and so should be for the shapes in a painting. Visual appeal comes with varied indents and projections of those shapes. The closer the shape is to the basic square, triangle, and circle the closer it is to boring.

Strut 8" X 8" Oil
While grouping positive shapes, watch for the negative shapes formed by them. 
Pick out the shapes in these Anders Zorn paintings.

Anders Zorn "Mrs. Eben Richards" 1899 Oil 60 X 42.25 in
There is a nice, rich, strong black background shape formed from the off white figure.

Anders Zorn "Francis Folsom Cleveland" 1899 Oil 54 X 36.25 in
In this painting the shapes blend in to one another except for the 2 + shapes in the shadows and her dark hair. I love the almost m…

Lewistown Art Center

All Who Wait 12" X 16"
Wholesome 7" X 16"
Endured 9" X 12"
Valley of Decision 8" X 8"
Today Counts 7" X 16"

Sing for Joy 9" X 12"

These paintings are being shipped out this week to the Lewistown Art Center. They will be available in their gift shop.

Lewistown is a charming, small western town founded in 1882 with the gold rush. It is geographically located in the center of Montana.

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

'Stood The Test' Oil 16" X 16"
I am please to have this painting selected for 'The Square' Art Auction.