Artists and designers often turn to nature for inspiration when they are at a creative low. Here is a photograph packed with inspiration. Check it out.
Susan says, “Sometimes looking at nature can be discouraging because no mere mortal can measure up to its perfection. But be not discouraged. Just enjoy and learn. From the color palette, the layout and use of perspective this photo has it all. The heightened perspective of the defocussed background creates a sense of mystery. The delicate ovals of the leaves with their precariously balanced globes of water drops create an additional element of mystery. The primary branch seems almost to reach out of the photo, straining to break the two dimensional boundary. The colors range fully from light to dark are yellowed with the approach of fall. The best designs are rich in simplicity and complex in details. Spectacular.”
Lucia says, “Repetition. That’s what first attracted me to this simple scene. I loved the row of ‘almost’ round leaves with the perfectly round raindrops on top of them. Then I had to decide what to do with the repeating circles. First I made sure the branch of ‘round’ leaves stood out from the background. Then I toyed with the composition and finally decided to capture the branch on a diagonal. I wanted to create some tension, more so than if I had created a scene with the branch perpendicular to the edge. I like Susan’s description of the ‘primary branch’ straining to break out of two-dimensions. I guess that diagonal decision worked.”
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