Thursday, August 23, 2012

Challenge 72 Fill in the Blanks!

CHALLENGE #72, “FILL IN THE BLANKS”         Due: Sept 1 noon EST

Host:  Ann Turley

A pod of whales. A deck of cards. A stack of pancakes. We’ve all heard these terms to describe a specific group of animals or items. But we creative types surely can think of much more inventive and creative descriptors.

The San Diego Zoo has a long list here: 

James Lipton, of The Actors Studio fame, has written a book on this very theme, entitled “An Exaltation of Larks”. You can read a review that includes a few of his terms on Amazon: .

The obvious art principle we want to explore is repetition, defined here. “Repeating visual elements such as line, color, shape, texture, value or image tends to unify the total effect of a work of art as well as create rhythm. Repetition can take the form of an exact duplication (pattern), a near duplication, or duplication with variety.”

This website: covers the basics on the principles of art. While all of them are pertinent, be sure to read the small section on Repetition.

A few images that illustrate Repetition:

Andy Warhol was a master when it came to repetition: (Scroll to the bottom for links to his artwork.)

Your challenge is multi-layered. You could select one of the many descriptors found at these two sources, or you can invent one of your own. Or you could borrow one of the few I have found – a royalty of chess pieces, a flirt of butterflies, a dearth of politicians. Illustrate your selection in an innovative manner. Have fun!

Ann Turley

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