Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ABC Wednesday - N is for Newton and Negative space

Time once again for ABC Wednesday, that fun meme where a different letter of the alphabet is highlighted each week. This week it is N.
N is for:
Lilias Torrance Newton (1896-1980)
She was one of Canada’s most successful and respected portrait painters. She painted about 300 portraits and was well known as an art educator.
I love this quote by her:

“It’s impossible to jump into a portrait. It takes time to make up my mind about the best, most attractive pose, and as I sketch, my subject becomes natural, more unconscious, and I catch an impression I may have missed at first.” (Lilias Torrance Newton, 1957)

Negative Space (An excellent article on what it is appears here. Following is some info from that article)

"Negative space is the space between objects or parts of an object, or around it. "

"Is It a Vase or Two Faces?
The classic example of negative space or shapes is the brain-teaser where depending on how you look you see either a vase or two faces (as shown in the image above). It becomes very evident when the image is reversed."

Non-representational Art (in other words - Abstract Art)


"Abstract art, nonfigurative art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. They are similar, although perhaps not of identical meaning."

For more information, see the article here.

Be sure to visit the other great participants of ABC Wednesday here.


Wanda said...

To be able to paint portraits, the human form and face. That's talent!

dianasfaria.com said...

Great post for N - Ms. Newton seems like a talented and wise woman.

Tumblewords: said...

An interesting selection of N's. I love negative painting!

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm always impressed by any artistic talent, having NONE myself.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Great N choices. I love the painting too.

photowannabe said...

Wish i could paint. Thats an amazing amount of portraits that she painted. Like the term of Negative space. A very original choice for the letter N.

Unknown said...

What a cool choice for "n". Is the painting you chose a self portrait? Her style really reminds me of Prudence Heward.

Unknown said...

Nothing negative in your wonderful blog! And thank you for the introduction to Lilias Newton.
Helen Mac, ABC team