What is (and is not) "Negative Space"? (And how do you use it.)

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lilBuddha Veteran Member • Posts: 4,376
Re: What is (and is not) "Negative Space"? (And how do you use it.)

stevo23 wrote:

lilBuddha wrote:

, they can be chaotic. That most are not is a function of basic design and not arabesque in itself.

Chaotic in what way? They are arabesques - curves that run through an image/painting that tie elements together and create a sense of movement.

They do not have to tie elements together. The basic definition is

an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration.

They can convey movement around the image. Or not. Many of the artistic elements which inspired the term do not move one's eye around the frame and only create movement in the sense that rain on a lake does.

Still not sure what problem you have with negative space.

You say conflicting definitions. Welcome to every single bit of art terminology, though.

You say figure to ground* which is the purpose of negative space. So you get the concept, but just don't like the name?

Not trying to be snarky, but you understand art terminology and negative space is a very common term. The art world doesn't have an issue with it. Why do you?

*I'd not heard the term before. My art instructors were either more simple** or less pretentious as they merely called it the relationship between subject and background.

**They were professional fine artists, retired commercial artists and retired architects.

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