May 13, 2014

The Dancing Fool by Sally Shisler

The Dancing Fool - 201407
4x4" Oil on Linen
I really enjoy the challenge of creating the effect of movement in a figure.  The human body can be contorted into so many positions.  When it's standing still in anatomical position, whether from the front, back or sides, you pretty much get vertical angles that draw the viewers eye up and down. Without any added movement in the negative space around the figure, things can look kind of static.  So I work on creating compositional design throughout the image, marrying positive space (the figure) and negative space (everything else) with narrow knife strokes that continue through the spaces.  Make any sense?  It can be done in any number of ways, but this one is usually a sure bet if well planned.

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