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The Art of "Not"


Perhaps this isn’t the best way of saying it, but the idea is not to express everything—to leave something to the imagination. In this loose rendering of the model, I was able to leave the light on her face and shoulder(s) open to the rest of the white paper. I love this style of expression when I’m able to pull it off because I feel like it invites the viewer in and respects their own choices for completing the picture. Swinging the needle far over, I think it speaks to the appeal of abstract art that allows the viewer total control of interpretation. At any rate, I personally would like to develop the “not telling all” approach more. Alas, it’s easier said than done. It’s so easy to over-tell, to add in too many details that start to detract from the essential image. I guess it’s back to that old adage: Less is more. In a funny, ironic twist, I’m thinking that it takes a whole lot more practice to learn not to overtell. So here’s to more “not.”

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