Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35251] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4262 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 35252] Re: Latest Prints (L Cass)
  3. [Baren 35253] Re: composition (Charlie overshoe)
  4. [Baren 35254] Re: composition (Kris Shanks)
  5. [Baren 35255] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 06:25:29 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35251] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4262
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This is interesting

"the suggestion that events - trauma - becomes a subliminal sense memory
that influences how a person will view things"

Remember back when we were talking political prints. I had flashbacks from
a bad experience and had to remove myself for awhile. Very personal
reaction. Interesting that what we see and read and discuss can affect us
in a subliminal manner, some times different for each of us because of our
individual and personal experiences in life. This suggests that we may each
find something different in any piece of art we view.

Oh Harry, your link did not work for me??? I will try cut and paste and see
if that will do it.
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Message 2
From: L Cass
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 12:48:19 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35252] Re: Latest Prints
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I really enjoyed viewing your prints, Harry -thanks!
bw Louise C.
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Message 3
From: Charlie overshoe
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:40:32 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35253] Re: composition
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Hi Charles,

Just read the on symmetry..... interesting. However, the report I'm talking about (done in the late 60's or early 70's) wasn't just about attractiveness . Rather it was about how people were percieved.

Children and adults were asked to make value judgments about people based on photographs. Were they nice, were they dangerous, were they trustworthy, were they successful, etc. In almost all cases the person with the more symmetrical face was deemed to be the more worthy .... and the better looking they were perceived to be the more worthy they got.

Since this early report was cross culture I think there is something innate in humans that strives for and likes to see balance ..... in life and art. However in art how balance is achieved , or not, is up to the individual artist .... I'm all for whatever works.

Barbara P.

P.S. About those straight lines .... after posting that there were none in nature I thought about the way some rocks fracture ..... didn't think of sunbeams though ....
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Message 4
From: Kris Shanks
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 12:05:45 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35254] Re: composition
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This is really leading the discussion farther afield from
printmaking, but I don't think you can apply research on symmetry of
faces to broad principles of what constitutes beauty. There's a whole
field of psychological research called evolutionary psychology that
address the evolutionary value of people's response to faces, and
they show some persuasive evidence that facial characteristics
considered beautiful across cultures, like facial symmetry and full
lips in females, are fertility indicators. From an evolutionary
perspective, choosing a mate with strong fertility cues is desirable,
and so we have a brain that has evolved to consider people with those
cues more beautiful. Our response to human faces is not necessarily
typical of how we respond to other objects in our environment.

Here's a link for those so inclined:

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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Mar 2008 04:55:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35255] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: My pretty girl


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