Something different today. It’s the first time in 10 days at home that I’ve got to something, however small, that I wanted to work on: A bunch of Notan studies of works by my absolute favorite painter, Edward Hopper.
This is not only a great way to think about composition, it’s also such an insight into motifs a painter uses over and over again. So many frames within frames in Hopper’s work, almost no horizontal lines, always diagonals. And, he rarely uses comfortable compositional techniques like placing things on lines of thirds. I am loving noticing how much all the darks connect, sometimes into one single shape.
Do you have a painter whose compositions you love? it would be interesting to look at their work in Notan. I’ll be doing more of these soon: they’re easy to do, but they make you think.