Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Kinetic & Potential

Kinetic energy is the force required, or possessed, to move an object. The visual equivalent, from a design or creative point of view, would be anything that implies movement or pressure towards movement. An example could be a curved line; a non-static reference to motion or flow. Potential energy is the force within a system that has the ability to alter, such as prevent motion. A visual equivalent would be something that implies structure, such as static lines meeting at 90 degree angles. Both forms of energy can co-exist, at least on a visual plane.

Looking at the painting on the left, oil on canvas, 16 by 20", the arched tree, along with other curved branches, arguably create movement within the composition through a non-rigid use of line. Paradoxically, the various angles obtained by intersecting with vertical trees, outlines a sort of grid pattern; a type of infrastructure.

2 comments:

PGP said...

The Whiteshell in the fall!
Sureal Nature...truth and beauty!

Sören Dawson said...

Thanks for the comment PGP. I've yet to visit Whiteshell Provincial Park, but it's certainly a place that echoes the works of Tom Thomson and the Group Of Seven.