Using Pattern to Balance Texture

Using Pattern to Balance Texture

Lets talk about pattern and texture. Aren’t they pretty much the same? Not really; pattern is repetition, order and uniformity, whereas texture is the physical and the perceived surface of an object. In this work of art I finished recently you can see the balance of the two. The strict pattern of the script writing in the piece along with the loose tonal pattern helps balance the overall textures in the work.  There is more than the brush texture of the piece, there is also the overlapping individual shapes that create its own texture.  The pattern actually creates a calm transitional influence from the painted background to the foreground shapes. The piece would not work nearly as well without the script, without the pattern the viewer would feel just a bit disjointed. This way the excitement the slightly disjointed shapes remains without being overwhelming. © Copyright Jean Moore...
3 KEY ELEMENTS TO ART YOU NEED TO KNOW

3 KEY ELEMENTS TO ART YOU NEED TO KNOW

COMMERCE by Jean Moore Purchase Information  Commerce is a work that I recently completed that I believe hit three key elements you want in any work of art but especially in an abstract work, that is aesthetics, temperament, and intellect. An artist needs to be a designer because its not just about describing what we see or what things are but also about composition. What elements do you need to put on the paper in order to communicate the scene? To get down a pleasing composition landscape painters may take their sketchbook out in the field blocking in a scene with broad shapes, adding tone and building value to create temperament or mood all before including color.  This is exactly what I did with Commerce as you can see in the examples below. From the background I use the marque and warp tools in photoshop to copy and paste shapes on top of the background. I want to establish calm horizontals first before punctuating with verticals and diagonals, always keeping in mind the golden ratio of composition.  The experienced artist will know when to leave out elements because they don’t add to the piece aesthetically nor intellectually and may even be disruptive to do so…just because you see it there doesn’t mean it has to go in you painting. It is the same with this abstract piece of work. The mood in this piece is obviously upbeat and positive. In the end viewers make the intellectual connection to the title if they have not seen it already…Commerce.   Join My Mailing List © Copyright Jean Moore 2013. All rights...
The Illusion of Depth

The Illusion of Depth

Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher who offers high quality educational videos for artists that are also entertaining. I will be posting his videos here each week over the next few weeks. If you are serious about improving your technique and learning more be sure to check out his dvd available for purchase on Proko. Though he is a portrait artists the information applies to any type of art you do including photography. Join My Mailing...
New Work

New Work

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings 3 | Buy a Print I’ve been away from my blogs and forms over the last couple of weeks, just needed some down time.  Albeit the conversations have been in a number of places—G+, Linkedin, Fine Art America and even on this blog—the response and discussions to the last post, “Don’t Skip Using Traditional Medium,” have been awesome. Thanks to all who responded. Mesa Verde Cliff Dwelling 2 | Buy a Print Simple Architectural Beauty | Buy A Print Taking down time is important to keeping the creativity flowing.  I have been working on some new paint textures to use with my art as well as some photographs. I hope to have these available to the public on my texture site soon. Some of the best textures I have created have come from suggestions or requests from friends needing or wanting something specific. How about you? Do you want a texture you can’t find yet? Let me know I will get started on it. Join My Mailing List and Receive Free...
Sci-Fi Project Continued

Sci-Fi Project Continued

I’ve worked out some background settings for my new Sci-Fi setting. Put in some perspective grids and went a little too far in details on the mountain city scene when I still need to correct the perspective of the ship which should be the focal point. I am leaning toward doing the mountain city scene rather than the Miami like scene. Could it be because I’m from Colorado? Which would you like to see developed? Join My Mailing...