Wednesday, February 13, 2019

More about Positive Space and Negative Space

Winter Berries Mask and Winter Berries Stencil are exact opposites of each other, making it exciting to combine them, creating a play between negative space and positive space.  Viewers can ask,  "Which is which?" --  because the negative space can visually trade places with positive space.  An interesting image can challenge the viewer to see the berries first as figure (positive space), then in the opposite way, as ground (negative space.)

Above:  artwork, full-view, created with Winter Berries Mask and Winter Berries Stencil .

Above:  a close-up detail from the same artwork created with Winter Berries Mask and Winter Berries Stencil .

You can click on the above images to better see details.  The winter berries appear (in the bottom layer of paint) as near-white, surrounded by cool aquas and pale yellow-greens.  In the top layer of paint, the winter berries appear as solid areas of orange and yellow-orange.  These layered opposites seem to visually bounce back-and-forth between positive and negative space.  

The stencil and the mask themselves look like this:

Winter Berries Stencil (9" x 12")

Winter Berries Mask  (9" x 12")

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