Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Iced Canal

The water in the canal was lowered by a couple feet recently. I don't know why, but the exposed rocks on the shoreline creates a lunar edging. Then the canal has frozen over adding to the barrenness. With a bright early morning sun, just an inch over the horizon, behind your back, one sees the above.

In his book on Cezanne's composition, Erle Loran writes about "the funnel effect and the hole in the picture." Funnels and holes are endemic to canal paintings. Cezanne avoided funnels and holes by spanning "construction lines" and warm planes that pulled everything to the picture plane. I might be just "tasteless" (Loran's word) enough to not hide the funnels and holes as much. I like the front to back depth of a canal scene. A side view of the canal is not as interesting. Maybe I should publish the image upside-down. Then it wouldn't look like a frozen canal.

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