Saturday, May 23, 2015


"Mountain Reflections"  24" x 24" , Lori LaBerge  2015

This week "Mountain Reflections" was juried into the Geometric Madi Museum in Dallas, Texas.  It will be in their Biennial: Origins in Geometry exhibit along with work by other artists working with geometric forms.  The exhibit will run from July 10- October 5.

The Geometric Madi Museum contains works which include geometric form and innovation in design.  I was drawn to applying for this show as they have supported the fiber art community in the past with quilt shows by the quilt fields top artists. You can visit their site here.

Recently, someone asked me about composition problems they were having.  I learned the basics quite a few years ago and continue to use that information.  I decided to revisit when problems occur in compositions.

These are the three vases I chose for the study.  The line up of the vases here makes it a bit boring.  They are standing on their own with no clear relationship between them.  The small vase simply looks lost, lonely and overwhelmed by the other two vases.  I do like the "V" shape formed by the order of the vases, but I feel as if I'm looking at three different vases rather than a composition.

This has major problems.  The two vases on the  right as you view the photo are touching on their edges leaving one to wonder which is in front of the other.  This is called a tangent problem.  Also, there is not enough space between the tall vase and the edge of the picture.  There is a nice diagonal formed by the order of vases .  This composition could be vastly improved by simply placing some overlap between them.

Why bother with the two shorter vases if you are going to hide them.  The small vase is almost cut directly in half.  The tall vase sticks out like a sore thumb and the centering of the three vases within the photo space does not add any drama to the work.  The shadow is a bit disrupting to the viewer.

 There may be a need for more space above the tall vase.  Also, the line separating the table from the wall needs to be straightened out.  Otherwise, this is a nice composition if you can ignore my poor Photoshop skills on the far left.  The vases are well placed in relationship to each other.  There is a nice layer of the smallest vase going slightly over the left vase and more so over the tall vase.  The large empty space to the left gives a sense of serenity and relaxation to the work. 

Here is another nice piece.  The fallen vase adds a bit of the unexpected to the work and is well placed next to the other two.  The tall vase falls on an area 1/3 across the width of the photo, lending itself to the rule of thirds.  There is a nice horizontal from the line delineating table from wall and a vertical from the tall vase.  The extra space on the right hand side adds some breathing room so the vases don't feel constricted.  Some may argue the fallen vase leads ones eye out of the picture frame, though I find my eye going from the opening of the small vase around to the rounded vase and up to the tall vase then circling around again.

This composition gives plenty of room above the tall bottle and has a beautiful diagonal leading the eye from left to right.  The group of vases are placed slightly closer to the left side than the right creating interest with the slight asymmetry.  Spacing and overlap are a bit consistent, but shows off each vase nicely.

Though there are rules to composition, it can also be a subjective thing.  Play around with some items in your home, try placing them in differing ways to form a composition and have a great day.

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