Monday, August 6, 2012



"The foundation of joy is thankfulness." Thankfulness is easy when everything is going well. It is an entirely different situation when life gets messy and difficult. But the truth remains that even in those times... joy is a result of thankfulness.

Integration often shows up in an echo. Remember that an echo is a repeated element of design. What makes it more compelling is the use of an echo that is a variation on the theme. An example of this is the flourishing in the bottom right corner of this piece. The flourished element is an echo of the black shape. The flourish is an echo of the shape, but in a different style. All of the bands of color in this piece have the same undulating curves that are present in both flourishes.

So it is crucial to look for possible "echoes" in order to determine the type and placement of more elements to the initial first layer. It is a wonderful starting point for your design and is applicable to realistic and abstract imagery. This whole process of repeating echoes is one of the foundations of integration. It is a whole new way of looking at things as you go through your day. Without being in your studio, you can practice by noticing echoes in everything you see. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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