Negative Space: from Juan Sánchez Cotán to Rachel Whiteread
Drawing | Painting

Negative Space: from Juan Sánchez Cotán to Rachel Whiteread

The negative space in a picture is not only a powerful formal element, but can carry symbolic value as well. It is the ever present and often overlooked “background,” the space between things and around things. But how do we define this space? How do we picture it? The 16/17th century Spanish painter JuanSánchez Cotán (1560 – 1627) often set…

Tonality and Seurat
Drawing

Tonality and Seurat

I love to share these these drawings by Georges Seurat with my class when we learn about Tonality. Seurat is the artist most associated with Pointillism, that off shoot of Impressionism. But his drawings offer a subtle insight into the technique of rendering form only through value shifts, or tonality. Notice the complete lack of…