Monday, August 4, 2008

Illumination question

I got an email this morning from someone I don't know about my Illumination quilt. She started by saying how much she liked it, then ended by pointing out that the wire holding the lanterns defies gravity and thinks it "spoils" the piece.

Yup, she's right. The wire, as shown, doesn't work logically. I actually knew that when I was laying it out, but artistically it is a better line. I decided to go with it as shown and let the viewer assume there were unseen things going on that make that wire work! My writer's suggestion was that I run a vertical "wire" from the top of the blue lantern so it looks supported. I think that is too fussy and distracts from the lanterns. But I am asking for input and opinion. Do you think the illogical wire spoils the piece? I can change it if I need to.

17 comments:

Myra said...

Perhaps the weight of the red lantern is much greater than the weight of the blue lantern and thus the wire dips more with the weight of the red lantern.

StegArt said...

Well gosh, I hadn't noticed that! And I doubt I ever would have if not pointed out. I don't think the piece needs to be adjusted in my opinion. It's art after all and you are the creator. Defy gravity!!!

paulahewitt said...

I agree with Terri - I hadnt noticed and wouldnt have if it wasnt pointed out - and i dont think it matters.

Gerrie said...

This sounds like something my engineer husband would say. Hmph! Art triumphs over logic.

Kristin L said...

Could there be a compromise (I know -- dreaded word in the art world) with a vertical wire, but just of a darker color so it's there to support teh realism of the piece, but not distracting from the more important parts of teh composition?

Karen said...

I think it looks like the blue lantern is further away, not higher. I say leave it. Karen

kirsty said...

I hadn't noticed it either and I certainly don't think it spoils anything. I would leave it alone.

dawn draper said...

I agree with Karen--the blue lantern looks farther away, that's all. Looking at it, I don't get the impression of defying gravity. Your critic doesn't have much imagination, I think.

Suze said...

I noticed the wire...but thought..'oh, its just draped over a branch' since that part of the composition is against the darker tree leaves...

an aside..in HS..we had a chemistry professor (he was taking a bit of a sabbatical abd teaching HS for a year) that was also a terrific artist...I made a painting for that class - it had to illustrate some sort of chemical principle..I had a ring of stars going thru hole in a mountain (I remember the painting, not what principle it was illustrating!!) and all the other students thought it was a physical impossibility for stars to do that..but it did illustrate the principle..so I did not change it...the teacher thought it was interesting and gave me an A...

So..if it pleases you..keep it that way..if its gonna bug you now, change it..

Françoise said...

Like Suze, I think there must be an invisible branch holding the wire... I wouldn't change it!

nicolette said...

I’m just a visitor who enjoys everybodies work on this blog. I had not noticed the wire and if I may say so, I would leave it like it is.

It’s a branch holding the wire, you didn’t even notice...?!

Rayna said...

These literal people kill me. It's ART - and art is an interpretation, not reality! Looks great the way it is.

Diane said...

I wouldn't worry about it. I just figured there was a branch holding the wire and the lantern handle at that point. I suppose you could always take a black marker or thread and color over a bit of the wire to add to the illusion that something is crossing in front of it ... Of course, the could be MAGIC lanterns. Or Lanterns hanging somewhere where gravity is different.
You know, Menopausal lanterns. (Harhar -- but then I guess they'd be sagging downward, not upward.)

jpsam said...

I love the piece. I love how the light of the lanterns creates the foliage frame. Since you asked for a comment, I think the wire on the viewer’s left draws me into the picture but the wire in question, doesn’t “feel” like wire – it feels like something else – lighter in weight. Perhaps as your other commenters pointed out, that wire has no tension on it. That makes me feel uncomfortable: Maybe good uncomfortable, maybe not.
joan

SunnyTechGirl said...

This is a lovely quilt but if you want the wire to work logically I would suggest removing the wire that runs from the blue lantern to the quilt edge and then it will look like the wire disappears into the foliage behind the lantern.

Dianne Robinson said...

I go with the branch theory. And it's done. Move on!
I love it as it is.

Dianne

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Well, I hate to say it, but I'm one of the logical ones some times, and yeah... it makes it look like the whole string of lanterns is about to fall. Is it possible to adjust the height of the wire on the blue lantern to make it lower? If so, you could then run the wire from the red lantern to the side in a straight line.

Or ... better yet and easier... run the wire from the handle of the blue lantern UP a smidge...on the same angle as the wire from red-to-blue, then BEND it...have it bend over the unseen branch to exit at about that spot on the side?

Anyway, yeah... alas the picture is realistic, and the departure from realism basically distracts me from appreciating how wonderfully luminous the lanterns are! Sorry!!!

Cheers, Sarah