Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Do you remember perspective drawing exercises in school? What is nearer appears larger, larger items father away appear smaller, and lines coming together as they near the horizon. I remember trying to draw a road narrowing into the horizon. Drawing was never my skill, now that I better understand how my weird brain works it is a visual spacial issue - the same reason I am crap at parking a car - but learning the theory made a difference in my life. Later when I studied photography - perspective was one of the typical skill drills. I remember taking photographs of the train tracks in North Branch, Michigan for one class and getting B on the assignment. The fence and sidewalk above are a much better image.
What can we learn about life from art? Perspective is not just a visual concept. The issues that are nearest in our minds appear larger than they are. I spend to much of my day dealing with the near issue, and I loose sight of the bigger issue on the horizon. We spend too much time dealing with the close by problem, and not enough looking down the path to prevent the problems of tomorrow or next week that look small and distant today.
Step back, take time to see the big picture - see the world in perspective.
What did you learn from studying art in school?