Abstraction in Art and Nature (Dover Art Instruction) by Nathan Cabot Hale

By Nathan Cabot Hale

In this stimulating, thought-provoking advisor, a famous sculptor and instructor demonstrates how you can find a wealthy new layout resource within the abstractions inherent in usual types. via systematic research of such houses as line, shape, form, mass, trend, mild and darkish, area, percentage, scale, point of view, and colour as they seem in nature, scholars can learn how to make the most of the endless kind and variety of these components as a wellspring of inventive abstraction.
The writer invitations scholars to profit the required ideas via a sequence of initiatives dedicated to exploring and drawing vegetation, animals, birds, landscapes, seascapes, skies, and extra. strains of progress and constitution, water and liquid varieties, climate and atmospheric styles, luminosity in crops and animals, earth shades and lightning are one of the resources of abstraction to be had to the artist who's conscious of them. This ebook will educate you to determine and use those parts and plenty of more.
An interesting combination of artwork, psychology, and the usual sciences, Abstraction in artwork and Nature is profusely illustrated with over 370 images, medical illustrations, diagrams, and reproductions of works by way of the good masters. It not just deals a mind-stretching new approach of studying and instructing uncomplicated layout, yet deepens our know-how of the traditional surroundings. briefly, Mr. Hale's ebook is an necessary consultant that artists, lecturers, and scholars probably want to have shut handy for guideline, concept, and sensible guidance.

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DOVER BOOKS ON ART INSTRUCTION PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ETCHING AND OTHER INTAGLIO PRINTMAKING TECHNIQUES, Manly Banister. (25165-9) ILLUSTRATING NATURE: HOW TO PAINT AND DRAW PLANTS AND ANIMALS, Dorothea Barlowe and Sy Barlowe. (29921-X) PAINTING GARDENS, Norman Battershill. S. ) (28401-8) ACRYLIC PAINTING: A COMPLETE GUIDE, Wendon Blake. (29589-3) ACRYLIC WATERCOLOR PAINTING, Wendon Blake. (29912-0) FIGURE DRAWING STEP BY STEP, Wendon Blake. (40200-2) LANDSCAPE DRAWING STEP BY STEP, Wendon Blake. (40201-0) OIL PORTRAITS STEP BY STEP, Wendon Blake.

These elements are (1) line, (2) shape-form-mass, (3) pattern, (4) scale-proportion-space, (5) analysis-dissection, (6) lightness-darkness, and (7) color. When we understand the amount of time it has taken to build these seven elements, we can begin to value them as a hard-won heritage. LEARNING THE ABSTRACT LANGUAGE My own study of the historical growth of the abstract elements of art—and of the growth of a child’s capacity to make pictures—has suggested a natural way to present abstraction to you in this book.

22. The starfish shows radiating lines on a two-dimensional plane. 23. Dandelions show the principle of radiating lines in the seed cluster. STREAMING LINES Water, as it flows on its course to the sea, or to the lowest point that it can reach, moves in spinning waves within the mass of the stream (Fig. 27). But the over-all stream mass itself describes a simple meandering wave that might be the size of a brook, a creek, or a river. An aerial view of a whole stream system, on the other hand, will show two very important line forms in addition to the wavy form of the main stream body.

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