This week's topic is balance with symmetrical and asymmetrical components. Most works of art or drawings will not be completely symmetrical, but should include elements of both. The example piece this week was (right) Jim Dine's "Four C Clamps" Lithograph (1962). This piece demonstrates his use of asymmetrical balance, where unequal elements are harmoniously organised. The small dark section at the top of the composition is balanced by the white space underneath resulting in a dynamic composition due to the particular spatial relationships.
The practice this week was to become more aware of the role of balance in compositions by doing an exercise focusing on asymmetric balance. A row of coffee cups was to be lined up on the table and drawn in the upper portion of the drawing's picture plane. So the aim is to achieve asymmetric balance that still has a sense of unity. Well... I guess it does... Actually this topic is again a bit vague as I was not sure exactly what I was supposed to achieve...
It made me think about my use of space in my watercolour flower compositions. This one of a Lantern Flower (right) I painted some years ago is quite asymmetrical, with the bulk of the petal flower head in the lower portion of the picture plane. Another one is the Red Leaf (left) painted recently with the bulk of the leaf on the bottom right hand side of the page. I'm not sure if the asymmetry affects the harmony of the paintings... maybe it makes them more dynamic ? Hmmm ...
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.