Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vantage Points

Have you ever set up a still life, done a sketch to get a composition you like, painted the thing, then walked around the other side to leave the room and thought, "wow, it looks even better from this side?" I have! I've also turned around after painting a landscape that really excited me, to see something pretty interesting behind me as well. That's why my friend Marion says on a bike ride, you have to do it in both directions to see everything. So it occurred to me that it would be a useful exercise to do a value sketch from several vantage points. This is my first attempt. Pretty cool, eh? Which one do you like best?


  1. I think I like the first one, and then the second. All are interesting. Perspective is something we teach in math and I try to remember it frames every aspect of our lives.

  2. It is very cool! I like them all with a slight preference for the second and fourth ones,just because I can imagine how great the pears would be as painted objects, using different hues and contrasting shadows. This is a great study.