Monday, February 14, 2011

23) Unity with Variety

Unity with variety seems a bit self explanatory.  There is some sort of repetition of objects, lines, colors, or textures that contains differences/variety and look unified as a whole. Variety in the repetition can be achieved through position, size, and proportion differences.

This art piece featuring painted sculptures of arms and legs definitely shows unity with variety.  The individual elements are all lined up systematically and are of the same origin (line of heads and line of arms) however, each head is different in composition and color from the next, as is the same with the arms.  Each is designed in such a way, though, that the piece is completely unified.

22) Unity through Continuity

Continuity can be defined as a planned arrangement of various forms so that their edges are lined up.  This means there is some sort of visual relationship between two or more elements in the design.

I believe this painting represents the element of continuity.  The two girls are somewhat similar, or one does not outshine the other, while they maintain their respective differences.  There are clear lines with sections but the painting as a whole is still unified.

Also, continuity can be exhibited among two separate pieces. 

These two paintings by Monet exhibit continuity as well.  We can see a clear relationship in the distinct brush strokes the artist uses and the style they represent (impressionism). There is also a connection in theme and content (floral and natural).

21) Unity through Continuation

Continuation achieves unity with some sort of continued element (line, edge, or direction from one side of the work to the other).  

In this picture of a train chugging along the tracks, a distinct line draws the viewer's eye from the right side to the left.  Both the train and the cement track follow a line, unifying the scene as a whole, creating a visual flow.

20) Unity through Repetition

Repetition can gain a sense of unity by using repetitive parts of a design (colors, objects, etc) to relate to each other.

This scene of migrating birds is an excellent example of unity through repetition.  There are repeating colors (all the birds and the color pattern of the sky in the background) as well as repeated shapes (the birds).  Although the birds are not placed in a completely symmetrical or measured pattern, they still create a sense of unity as a group.

19) Unity through Proximity

Our textbook defines proximity as unity by placing elements close together.

This painting by Thomas Eakins exhibits unity through proximity.  We see a contrast of light colors in the foreground with the bodies with darker colors in the background with the scenery.  The bodies are also places close to each other, forming a triangular shape.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

17 & 18) Pattern and Texture (Tactile and Visual)

These rows of sushi create a clear pattern.  There are circles within circles neatly lined up next to each other in an organized and systematic way.

After searching "design, circles" on Google, I found this pattern, which already represents the layers of circles which are evident in the sushi.

This painting contains textural attributes.
The contrasting values, both light and dark, create ripples and curves that "arouse our sense of touch," as our textbook puts it, challenging our minds to imagine how this scene would actually feel.  The texture is merely "suggested to our eyes" rather than actually being able to be felt. 

This would be an example of tactile texture.  If someone were actually to go and touch the statue, they would be able to physically feel the bumpy texture, rather than simply imagine how it might feel.

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