6″ x 8″ oil on panel
I like the abstract shapes that are formed by urban structures, especially the unintended ones. I’m sure no architects or planners spent time mulling how best to design this site from an aesthetic perspective.
I read a lot of painting blogs and many painters write very well about the technical aspects of painting, especially composition. I’ve never been very good at talking or writing that way. I used to worry about it. When I was in college, I asked for exercises to help me better grasp the concepts of composition.
I think, now, that different people think about design in different ways. Some are more analytical and others are more intuitive. I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m more intuitive. It’s not that I don’t think about the design of my work. I consider negative space and the way the eye moves and such but I don’t break it down in terms that I can express verbally. I look at the painting and feel what I want it to look like.
Of course, you may say, “well, frankly, Bill, your compositional skills are not that great”.
Since I’m not much good at talking about it, I couldn’t argue the point with you very effectively. I don’t really want to argue with you anyway.