Friday, 26 September 2008

Filling the gap – A composition exercise

When reading the book titled The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp, I noticed the following passage:
“Henry James said that genius is the act of perceiving similarity among disparate things. In an empty room, you’re to connect the dots, linking A to B to C to may be come-up with H.”
This, in turn, made me think of the following exercise one could do to get better at composing paintings:

  • Take a blank piece of paper

  • Draw with a pencil two objects anywhere on the page, but make sure they are distant one from the other.

  • The exercise consists in drawing other objects to link the two first objects in a pleasing composition.

Here is an example below.

You could do the same exercise with three objects.

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