Series 11: Visual Rhythms
S11 L3 Creating Visual Staccato – DVD
In this lesson, S11L3 Creating Visual Staccato of VISUAL RHYTHMS, Dianne uses as her subject an old shack to demonstrate how a visual staccato can be created using a repeated motif. Her chosen motif for this study is the short, rapid brushstroke. In addition to finding an existing staccato visual rhythm, she finds throughout the scene areas to interpret as staccato even though that rhythm might not be found within the subject. .Visual Rhythms are the most ignored yet inherently intriguing of all our composing generators. Just as in music we have the waltz, tango, rhumba and many more rhymic patterns, in painting we have flowing rhythms, staccato rhythms and even a “bassline” Any painting becomes richer when the artist catches the rhythm of the subject and allows it to be central to the communication of the work.. Many of today’s painters understand and use this principle adroitly. Observe how artist Cynthia Rosen uses the staccato rhythm in her painting, The Kingsley Grist Mill and how Dianne uses it in her painting, Last of September Greens.