|'Looking For Peace' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis purchase HERE $95|
In a recent letter Robert Genn discussed 6 common compositional pitfalls artists make. One of them is something we have to be very aware of in painting because it happens so naturally....that pitfall is what Genn calls Homeostatic Conditions.
"Homeostasis means equidistant lineups of trees, rocks, blocks of color, or other patterns that are too mechanical or regular...While sometimes seen in nature, homeostasis is a natural human tendency- a subconscious reordering and regularizing within the brain"That means it really isn't the fault of the gremilins....it is our own subconscious need to reorder things. We may start out with interesting shapes and a variety of sizes and intervals in our painting but if we are not paying attention we end up moving them into regular patterns. I have two tips that have helped me beat the Gremlins!
|Underpainting for 'Looking for Peace'|
- I start my painting with a plan. I try to make sure my initial study and underpainting avoids homeostasis. I ask myself if I have variety in the shapes and heights and sizes of objects. Are the spaces between shapes unequal? Are things lined up too regularly? It is easiest to fix these things in the beginning stages.
- I try to be aware that sometimes these conditions do occur in nature. So if things are too regular I am not afraid to move things around. As Degas said " Even in front of nature one must compose"