Rhythm and color are the most important elements in abstract art.
“Birds on a fence”
Water is the most difficult and rewarding of subjects.
The art of painting, said Bonny, is to capture one of life’s moments on canvas. The art of living is to let those moments go.
Hmmm, thought Ditto, would you look at that… a leaf caught in the stream. Wavering on the water, pushed against a stone. It’s a dry leaf, yellow and crinkly. I wonder how long it will remain here, softly battering the stone? I wonder what will become of it when I’m gone? I wonder if it will miss me? I wonder if I will think of it at night when I’m home? I wonder if it will still be here, softly battering the stone?
Exploiting the grey scale, said Bonny, can give your canvas a dramatic quality.
A humble figure in a magnificent setting can be sublime.
Roger Miller? said Bonny. Yes, I’ve heard of him.
A vanishing point, said Bonny, can create a sense of nostalgia.
Today, said Bonny, we will focus on composition. A fortuitous
arrangement of figures can be quite expressive.
When painting a portrait… you should place your subject
in a posture that has ongoing implications.
Excellent! said Bonny.