Negative Space



Whenever I explain negative space to my students I stand up and put my hands on my hips.  I suppose because one of my favorite words is akimbo.  I explain that my arms are the positive space and that the triangles are the negative space.  To convincingly represent my arms you must pay just as much if not more attention to the shape inside of my arm.

Here is a print from the picture in the last post.  I printed the picture from my computer and with transfer paper copied the parts of the image that I believed would make a good composition.  I carved out the positive shape of the vines from the e-z-cut block and left the negative shapes between the vines for the ink to print.

Art can open up your eyes to an entirely different way of seeing things.  In Flannery O’Conner’s “Mystery and Manners” she mentions in one of the essays how learning to draw can make you a better writer because it sharpens your observation.  It is counterintuitive to count the nothing as something.  When you want to get something done who would count on “the things that are not”? (1 Corinthians 1:28)  The nothing, the foolish, the empty can actually amount to more than the something, the wise and the full.  God is all about toppling mountains and exalting valleys.  He always has been the most revolutionary artist.

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