No kidding now; put your pencil down and just walk away. Get the big picture view for a while. Give your artwork some space to “breathe”. Dig out your journals, old sketchbooks, or portfolio and revisit the past to see if time and experience brings you a fresh perspective…or so you can see how far you’ve come!
Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…
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- A là Henri Matisse, attach charcoal to the end of a long rod, fix paper to the wall or easel, and draw a self-portrait from distance.
- Alternate between detailed work at a very close-up view. Step back, set a timer for 5-7 minutes, and look for those minutes, JUST LOOK. Move back in when the timer rings and make your amendments. Repeat. Then make a cup of tea and enjoy this article by web designer Paul Burton about “Artistic Distance”, in other words, giving your creation some room to “breathe”.
- Next time you’re in a museum, make sure you have a pair of chopsticks so you can try this method to determine precisely how far you should stand back to look at art, as proposed by a mathematician Annalisa Crannell.
- Stuck? Put your project in a folder and come back to it in 24 hours or next year. When you next have a look, you’ll see it with fresh eyes and you’ll know what to do next.
Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!
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Some oTher arTistS thAt step BacK to see fUrthEr
- Mona Hatoum a Palestinian artist born in Lebanon, based in Britain, who explores philosophical distance through the passage of time, e.g., “Measures of Distance” 1988
- American artist Catherine Opie “taps into feelings about wilderness and being lost within it” in her large scale photographs of the Alaskan landscape, “The Blue of Distance”, 2008
- Listen to this series of podcasts on “Critical Distance” by CUE Art Foundation
What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!