A Sense of Space

We have been examining a sense of place through homes, houses, buildings. First I want to share this photo of windows taken by A & R of Wheelers Hill in Singapore on their way to Europe. So many window spaces and windows within windows.

Windows have lead me to thinking about a sense of space and how this space is perceived by the viewer. The Hero today is another A & R photo of Singapore where space is at a premium.

The space between the frame of a door triggers a reaction in our brain. Are you enticed by Corelli who painted Cat in an Open Doorway to walk out into the open or back into the home? Your thoughts and reactions are provoked by what you see and feel. Think about these reactions in your Mind Studio. Perhaps do a quick sketch of what might be beyond in either direction.
(Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

I wonder what your mental reaction is to a series of open doorways? Implied is a journey through rooms? What do these rooms contain? What memories? What experiences?

But what do you feel when you look out of an open window from inside? Paul Cezanne has invited us to gaze beyond the room to the world outside. I can imagine wandering quietly and slowly through this landscape perhaps stopping to talk to the friendly locals or to climb the mountain which is not at all foreboding.

How do you feel about looking into the internal space behind this window?
(Credit: Bored Panda)

To my surprise this photo personally brought back strong memories of my early days at school. As a child I spent a great deal of time in an old stable in the ground of the school which had once been a private home. I believe this is where I got my love of the texture and colour on the weathered and decaying structure of the walls. You will be horrified to know we were exiled by the teachers to the stable for misbehaving, something that nowadays would be a criminal offence. But I only have good memories of my confinement as in my mind it was far more interesting than the classroom and far less stressful. The owls that inhabited the rafters made wonderful companions, explaining my reaction to this remarkable photo. It is possible I played up in class because I wanted to escape to the stables and the owls! But my sense of space became well defined by this experience. My love of old red bricks nestling against each other grew in this building as did my love of owls. I would be quite happy to go inside the building portrayed in the above photo. But perhaps your feelings are quite different?

When you paint a picture and are hoping to sell it or even to just have it admired, you are potentially trying to fill the space someone has on one of the walls in their home or office. If you want to sell your work you have to get inside the heads of the buyers and come up with images that they can envisage filling that empty space. Nowadays the space to fill is often enormous as the modern homes, certainly in Australia, have huge white walls to fill. The consequence has been that art exhibitions are giving priority to very large paintings, limiting the number of places available. For artists it is becoming very difficult to get selected to exhibit. Here are a couple of examples from the two online online galleries I personally use.

I particularly like the works of Amanda Krantz. As we have been talking about the space made by windows I thought you would like to see her interpretation in Through the Round Window (90cm X 90cm). You can see more works by Amanda Krantz at Bluethumb Gallery.
(Credit: Amanda Krantz)

And this is Desert Song 111 (mixed media) by Michael Coll. (Height 1220cm X Width 1830cm ) You can see more works by Michael Coll at Gallery247.
(Credit: Saatchi Art)

If you're thinking of purchasing one of these paintings don't forget your chequebook!

But what other spaces do artists play with, create within? Certainly landscape painters engineer all kinds of emotions in their expanses, creating a network of spaces to keep the viewer intrigued and asking questions. This magnificent work was created by Glasgow artist Scott Naismith of Struie Hill Nornoch. take note of how he has divided up the landscape into different spaces defined by colour, shape and line.
(Credit: Fineartamerica.com) You can check out his rather interesting website here.

But I’ve been thinking about Landscape gardeners who deal with space in a challenging environment because not only do they have to create a work of art they have to place those temperamental plants where they will happily grow. So, this is where we are going tomorrow- back into the garden.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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