Report from the November meeting
Speaker of the November meeting was Roy Boston, who gave a talk on "The ideas and words of Ed Whitney". Roy summarized his points succinctly in the following sets of slides:
A quick summary of Ed Whitney's ideas
- Invent Symbols to express the Essence of a painting
- Design Shapes first - fitting nature or objects into them
- Your paintings must be an interesting unit - Variety in context and action and in the design elements creates this interest
- A Dominance in idea or action and in each of the design elements - line, value, colour, texture, shape, size and direction - creates unity
Variety of elements disciplined by a dominance of -
- Lines curved and straight but one dominant
- Direction horizontal, vertical and oblique but one dominant
- Sizes may be small or large but one size dominant
- Shapes curved and angular but one shape dominant
- Values dark, mid tone and light but one tone dominant.
- Colours of different values, intensities and hues but one hue dominant
- Rhythm should be contrived by a variety in the intervals between elements - There must be major intervals and lesser intervals with one major interval stronger, dominating other intervals.