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General News · 14th August 2019
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet
Paintings are made of marks that are built upon a surface much like a writer builds words into a story. And just like a reader can connect words into a larger meaning, a viewer can use these 7 design ideas to read a painting: unity, contrast, dominance, repetition, harmony, balance and gradation. I am giving an art talk on Friday, August 16, 7 pm at the Old School House Gallery about how these 7 ideas can help us see more deeply into the new work of Annie Belcourt, in her exhibition titled "evanescent."

Here are 7 questions I will explore in a gallery walking tour of Annie's work, combined with several images of her oil and cold wax landscapes, photographed by Richard Trueman. The talk is titled: How to read a painting using 7 ideas.

Repetition is the repeating of colour, tone, shape, texture, size, direction.
It may be exact or with variety.
How is repetition like an echo?

Marks are felt as well as seen.
Why is balance a force as strong as gravity?

is the sequence of small steps from one extreme to another.
What do we feel when gradation moves in all directions at once?

Contrast can be opposition, conflict, or complimentarity.
How is contrast like the plot of a novel?

Dominance is the rule of a superior force.
Can more than one kind of mark be equally dominate?

Harmony happens when marks have similar attributes.
What are the extremes of harmony?

Unity is integration, a oneness of all the parts.
Why is unity the single most important idea?

Hope you can join me Friday at the Old School House Gallery, 7 pm