Why Diagonal Canvas?

Why Diagonal Canvas?
Why Diagonal Canvas?

Imagine if this canvas was square and mounted straight. The face, partially obscured by the angle, would be in full view, the area above the face, which is basically just wasted space to the story being told, would also be in full view, as is the street and the sidewalk currently obscured by the angle. A ridged, square or rectangular configuration set squarely on this painting would actually limit the eye of the viewer. As it is, the eye makes up the missing details and carries us into the world.

The diagonal throws us off balance, creates a sense of urgency and a sense of disquiet.

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David, I can see how a square would lead us away from the obsure. Here, I imagine "the" surroundings. I'm very much reminded of Hopper, here. The, style. The isolation of a small town. The thug brings much to the picture. Story inspiring. What a great prompt this would make! Laurie
-- Laurie Palmer, 5/25/10