I haven’t mentioned my watercolour teacher Edgar Whitney in quite a while, but I want to quote him today. “Repetition, alternation, balance, harmony and gradation are design principles which enable the schematic whole to dominate the parts — thus achieving unity.” I often hear his voice in my head when I am designing a sketch or a painting. Looking down this alley in Old Montreal that voice helped me find all the repeating elements in the scene: the umbrellas, the rectangular frames, the people and the windows.


5 Comments on “Repetition”

  1. Ross says:

    Looks good… I was drawn in. But, are you recycling subjects? I am sure that I have seen this before.
    Hope the workshop and the weather go well.

    • Yes, I’m recycling subjects. Can’t you tell by the title of my post?

      • Ross says:

        Yes, of course I knew you were recycling subjects… which I think is a good thing, because I think it is a great way of experimenting with different approaches. And, what else can you expect when you go out painting every day for almost two years… sooner or later you are going to run out of different subjects. Although, I have noticed that you are still managing to avoid some subjects… like people when you can… and you have definitely avoided that self-portrait that you promised. : )

  2. Lee Kline says:

    I don’t know about that question of “recycling.” Well intended, I am sure, but it is nothing new for an artist to return to the same subject again and again. This is a beauty.

    • Thanks Lee. Yes, I have returned to so many things. My wheelbarrow, the pots under the tree, the church in Pointe Claire… I love drawing them again and again, in different seasons, times of the day, etc.

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