Figure studies : color, space, and form

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Donald Martin Fox (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Peter Agostini

Abstract: In the Fall Semester of 1974 I began a series of painted studies of the human figure. Working directly from the model, mostly in evening classes because of the three and four hour sessions, I limited the earliest paintings to single sessions. That limitation imposed others. First, size was an important factor. By reducing the scale to that of the visual image at a comfortable working distance, I could eliminate potential problems of distortion difficult to avoid in large-scale painting. The smaller scale also enabled me to complete a painting during each session, whereas large-scale painting is geared to continued sessions over an extended period. I felt, too, that there was desirable discipline in trying to accomplish a set amount within a particular period of time. Initially that experience was helpful, but I soon discovered that while I was developing some proficiency in drawing I was not sharpening as well my perception of color. The time limitation was forcing me to adopt a method approach, relying on the same colors again and again, rather than a situational approach based on accurate observation and notation.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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