Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paintings and Patterns

I've been putting in a lot of studio time lately and thought I'd post some of the newer pieces, but when I uploaded the images I noticed something interesting. The smallest one was painted first and has the widest view, the second was painted next and has a little tighter view, while the last and largest piece is a relative close-up. As I was going up in size, I was narrowing my view. I doubt I would have noticed the pattern had I not put the three paintings side by side. It's a subtle thing and no big deal, but I wonder if this is something I do subconsciously or if this is a totally random event. What other long and short term patterns are hidden in the process of creating art - or anything?

The top piece is a 6x8 of the desert east of Fountain Hills, the middle is an 11x14 of Canyon de Chelly, and the bottom is a 16x20 of the Betatakin ruins.


Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Beautiful work, Bill! And an interesting observation. I find that, for myself, sometimes I zoom in when I do a larger piece because the scene seems somewhat more manageable. (Just an illusion, to be sure!)

Bill Cramer said...

Thank you Michael. Sometimmes I find small paintings less "manageable" than bigger works. Every detail (read: error) that would be lost in a large painting is easily spotted in a small one.

Antti Rautiola said...

Great paintings!
Cheers! :)