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I like it like it is shown on the first picture.
I prefer the orientation in the first photo...nice one!
1st photo, because ourwestern eye responds tothe horizontal axis ofleft to right. This shapeis glyphic so the viewerwill be drawn into the picture plane via their mental association withwriting.
top one and i love pete's thoughts
Thanks, everyone.This has been most helpful. Pete's comment explains why I kept turning the painting around (as in top photo). Something about that orientation felt "right". I'm going with that first one.
i'm no help; i like it both ways
pam-it's ok. that's exactly how i got into this dilemma; i liked both compositions. when i was turning the panel during fusing, i thought "hmm...it's quite pleasing this way, too..." it rarely happens that i change a painting's orientation after i've already planned, sketched and applied paint. last time it happened to me was, honestly, in 1996. funny that i remember that.
I like it both ways--it just reads differently depending on the orientation. When I look at the second one, there is an immediate architectural association for me--a doorway and window.In the first photo, the image remains more abstract for me, without literal reference points. I guess I prefer the orientation in the first one.I face this all the time in my own work, rotating the paintings during the first few layers until the painting finally tells me which way is up.
Tamar-I do see the architectural association in the second image. It's unintentional; however, these features have very directly informed some of my previous work (many years ago).I like what you said about turning the work "during the first few layers until the painting finally tells me which way is up." In other words, letting the work lead. I tend to pick the composition during planning, before any paint is applied, and that rarely changes much. That said, perhaps there are smaller changes along the way that I forget about, which may occur mostly during the layering processes; regardless, the work usually reverts to the original composition by completion.By the way, I checked your website; your paintings are beautiful- the compositions and color palettes are compelling. Thanks for your input.
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