July 1: Static Composition
We continued our work using the ideas of Van Vliet, this time from Abstracts: 50 Inspirational Projects (2011). The project was called Static and Dynamic, but we did only the static part, because of a late start today and our mutual interest in the more structured form of composition.
Van Vliet laid out four steps:
1. Place rectangular shapes on the support using a knife and color. Begin in the center of the image and work outward.
2. Start with the lightest color and end with the darker features . Work does not have to dry, so the colors can mix continuously.
3. Repeat the process a second and third time as desired. Form repetition, contrast, and variation. Search for equilibrium and balance with respect to horizontal and vertical components.
4. Finally, for emphasis, add stamped line effects.