|Matter and antimatter coexist in this catalog of classes from the Learning Annex|
|Just look at my art director!|
|Do you like Art?|
This may explain why some people argue with considerable lucidity on behalf of the virtues of blinders.
But for me, I'd say that in art-- as in life-- contrast is one of your very best friends. Elements of a picture set in opposition to each other can heighten the effect of the whole. The task of balancing opposing elements forces us to develop more complex and sensitive vocabularies, to register shades of meaning. With these vocabularies we flesh out a more profound range of thoughts and feelings. Contrast is the place where the enriching force is born.
By selecting the right locations between the top and the bottom of the musical scale, Beethoven composed symphonies. By selecting the right places between the top and bottom of the value scale, artists compose pictures. The aesthetic character of a line may be determined by an artist's selections on the continuum between rough and smooth, or delicate and bold.
This week will be my ode to contrast. Each day I am going to post an example of a different type of contrast in picture making. Let's see if we can have some fun.