Pictorial composition and plant forms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hope Spaulding Beaman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: A correlation exists between design elements and the plant world; for example, the natural structure or the linear growth pattern may be visually interpreted as pure line which carries the viewer's eye from the tip of a leaf to the stem; it may change direction or bring attention to another area thus offering variety by setting up visual rhythms within a composition. The same may be stated with the other design elements, color, volume, and space. These elements may be called characteristics or growth patterns by which each plant establishes its own identity. The composition or view sought in presenting a plant consists of all these elements working together to achieve a visually stimulating variety. These natural relationships are retained in my works much as they appear because I feel they are interesting and offer many visual possibilities. I, therefore, am attempting to achieve a work that is more than just a botanical representation or illustration. All of the works in the exhibit are in several media: oil on canvas, water color, pencil, pastel, and colored ink. Various types of plants were used with design emphasis on their natural structure. The variety of angles or views allowed for many possibilities of composition. Some of the works place more emphasis on linear elements, while others emphasize volume, space, and color. Thus, the use of plants offered a means of exploring the various design elements three dimensionally on the flat picture plane.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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