Negative space is a key element of artistic composition. It is the space around and between the subject of an image which gives the eye a “place to rest”.
In the image above, the sapphire sky surrounds the golden triangle as it thrusts upward into the endless blue. This blue space transforms into its own geometric shape and gives this image room to breathe. The subject and space partner together in a dynamic dance of balance.
As such, this photograph is the symbol of my desires for 2012.
For me, the greatest gift of my retirement has been time. Time to seek and follow the next creative impulse. To reside inside that infinite, quiet space where art is born.
Space to think; space to create; space to be. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I recognize my need for quiet; for a withdrawal from the chaotic swirl of outside obligations; for the opportunity to hear my own thoughts.
This space is what I need to be creative. Without that surrounding defining emptiness, my imagination falls silent, drowned out by the noise and distractions.
Here I am, stepping over the threshold into a new year. Seeking, ever upward, into that wild blueness. Embracing the positive and the negative, which together create the whole.
What is it you seek in this new year?