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Friday, February 03, 2006

Painting-in-Progress: Blue Mountains Green Grass II

Blue Mountains Green Grass II in ProgressTalking of squares, it was the paintings of Gustav Klimt - his landscapes in particular, with their very high horizons (not the women or the kiss   or any of that nonsense) - that first converted me to the visual dynamics of a square canvas. We're talking realism here, as the square format for non-representational art was natural from the beginning e.g. De Stijl and Suprematism

The vision of the human eye, however, is closer to a rectangle - something befitting a wide screen plasma television - so a landscape on a square has an awkwardness of something missing, and a heightened focus.

Blue Mountains, Green Grass II   is, despite its name, not actually related to Blue Mountains, Green Grass I. Yes they are both Irish, and have similar subject matter, but in terms of how I'm painting this picture, and how I expect it to look upon completion, its sister painting is an American one called The Cabin.

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