A Sense of Space

Windows have lead me to thinking about a sense of space and how this space is perceived by the viewer.  The Hero today is another A & R photo of Singapore where space is at a premium.

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To my surprise this photo personally brought back strong memories of my early days at school. As a child I spent a great deal of time in an old stable in the ground of the school which had once been a private home. I believe this is where I got my love of the texture and colour on the weathered and decaying structure of the walls. You will be horrified to know we were exiled by the teachers to the stable for misbehaving, something that nowadays would be a criminal offence. But I only have good memories of my confinement as in my mind it was far more interesting than the classroom and far less stressful. The owls that inhabited the rafters made wonderful companions, explaining my reaction to this remarkable photo. It is possible I played up in class because I wanted to escape to the stables and the owls! But my sense of space became well defined by this experience. My love of old red bricks nestling against each other grew in this building as did my love of owls. I would be quite happy to go inside the building portrayed in the above photo. But perhaps your feelings are quite different?

When you paint a picture and are hoping to sell it or even to just have it admired, you are potentially trying to fill the space someone has on one of the walls in their home or office. If you want to sell your work you have to get inside the heads of the buyers and come up with images that they can envisage filling that empty space. Nowadays the space to fill is often enormous as the modern homes, certainly in Australia, have huge white walls to fill. The consequence has been that art exhibitions are giving priority to very large paintings, limiting the number of places available. For artists it is becoming very difficult to get selected to exhibit. Here are a couple of examples from the two online online galleries I personally use.

(Credit: Amanda Krantz)

(Credit: Saatchi Art)

If you're thinking of purchasing one of these paintings don't forget your chequebook!

(Credit: Fineartamerica.com) You can check out his rather interesting website here.

But I’ve been thinking about Landscape gardeners who deal with space in a challenging environment because not only do they have to create a work of art they have to place those temperamental plants where they will happily grow. So, this is where we are going tomorrow- back into the garden.