Proportions and Intervals

Working on figure drawing recently, I have been looking closely and proportions and relationships in the human figure.  Figure drawing involves understanding the proportions of the figure.  That means overall proportions of the figure, such as using the head as a basic unit of measurement to see the proportions of the whole body, as well as proportions within individual body parts, for example looking at the head and the relationships of the features in the head.

Music entails the study of proportions and intervals as well.  Relations of the major 5th, major 3rd, minor 3rd, and so on.

These intervals are of utmost importance in studying music theory, as well as in ear training.  If you want to be able to play intuitively and by ear, you can cultivate that ability through greater understanding of these intervals.

Relationships, proportions and intervals are important in many types of art: music, dance, drawing, panting.  The study of one can help to open our understanding of others.  Furthermore, as we better understand and internalize these kinds of relationships, it can change our lives, as our daily interactions begin to evolve.

China, Xi'an 2017

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MFA Year 1

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Chinese Art Influence

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Chinese calligraphy and painting has been an important influence in my art

Proportions and Intervals

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A quick look at the relationship between figure drawing proportions music intervals. In both cases, and understanding of these relationships is crucial.

Play Space

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We also need a place to play, to be spontaneous, to investigate and try things. A place where we are not professional, where we can follow our whims and see what happens.

Notes from the Studio

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thoughts on paintings in process, my artistic processes, trials, and hopefully even some successes 🙂

A Lesson from Matisse

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This is an amazing painting by Matisse, which currently…
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