Lesson Two - Gail N.

Contrast and Relationship

Picasso 138

I think of the contrast here as that of shape as compared to the realistic image of a baby. Its relationship to the actual person, his son, is exaggerated and intense, perhaps conveying his intense feelings for his son. 

Shape:  Blown-up and outlined separate body parts distort the image, yet there is a similarity among them that ties the figure together.

Texture: The checkered sections add texture and interest, making a monochromatic piece pop. 

Color: Monochromatic with pops of white that draw the eye.

Organelle by Betty Busby

This piece has an overall organic feeling created with similar sized elements in the background, in the amoeba shapes and in the dark space at the top. An organelle is a component of the nucleus of a cell.The abstract piece invokes primordial space - I can picture sea creatures, seaweed and water. 

Contrast is created with color in a complex relationship of values of purple, red, and yellow-green. A split-complement? The use of the white circles at the lower left ties the piece together with the top or "sea" drawing the eye diagonally across the piece. 

Texture is added by the embroidered cilia around most of the shapes giving a feeling of motion. You can almost feel them hanging suspended in the primordial stew. 

Coming by Janet Kurjan

Color: The striking use of color defines this piece with the triad of yellow-green, blue-violet and red-orange. The value of the colors in uniformly dark and intense but the incorporation of shades and complements of the main colors adds complexity and sizzle. 

Size and Shape: The slight variation of the shape and relatively uniform size also tie the piece together.