Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34565] Re: Fw: The Spinning Silhouette (Kris Shanks)
  2. [Baren 34566] Reversing images ("Angee Lennard")
  3. [Baren 34567] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 34568] The Spinning Silhouette (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: Kris Shanks
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 19:45:31 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34565] Re: Fw: The Spinning Silhouette
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The spinning dancer is just an optical illusion, and it has nothing
to do with left brain vs. right brain dominance. It's a consequence
of how your brain uses visual cues to generate information about 3D
space. The image is actually moving back and forth, so whether you
see her rotating clock-wise or counter clock-wise is arbitrary, but
once your brain has made that determination, it can be hard to shift
the perception the other direction. Check out this link for a site
about vision research, it's got a feature where you can temporarily
put "eyes" on the spinning figure, and they eyes will force the
direction of spin.

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Message 2
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 22:16:50 -0600
Subject: [Baren 34566] Reversing images
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On the topic of reversing an image... I feel like it definitely does
matter where the"weightiest" part of the image is in a composition. Us
westerners read left to right, and this does effect how we approach an
image (I believe). However, it is interesting to me because I always
like the image once it is printed better because it is opposite of
what I had been working so long on, and it has a "fresh" feeling. What
am I trying to say? I think that identical images that have been
flipped are read differently. However, as the artist, I am not able to
openly compare or contract how the reverse is interpreted vs. the
original because I am too caught up in the fact that printed one looks
"newer" to me.

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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 3 Dec 2007 04:55:18 -0000
Subject: [Baren 34567] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (39 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


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Item: Watercolor: Autumn


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Item: Opening night of the Post Card Show


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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 20:59:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34568] The Spinning Silhouette
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Look at her foot where it touches the will
flip back and forth. If you can focus on this fixed
point your eye will have better control.

I agree that if a composition is good right to left is
is good left to right, but I do know it really bothers
some people to have things reversed, even when
carving. I think as printmakers we are so used to
reversing things in our mind that it is truly easier
for us to switch back and forth. I do find in my work
that the weight of a composition is usually on the
right wonder if that has to do with being
right brained? Or with reading left to right.
Interesting thing isn't it?

I just got a new light for my studio with a magnifying
glass in it...I could not seem to wear the goggles
well at all. This thing makes the tools and carving
lines look huge, I wonder how I ever worked without
it. there is some distortion if you are not looking
directly probably it will slow things down
as I probably will not be able to use it for long
periods of time...still, it will be a huge help. I had
a small one before but this one is significantly
larger. No excuse now for being late on an
Best to all,