Saturday, May 2, 2015

Spring in a busy backyard

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An axonometric projection
Watercolour and Photoshop™
©2015 Charlene Brown

According to Wikipedia, in an axonometric projection “the scale of distant features is the same as for near features, so such pictures will look distorted, as this is not how our eyes or photography work.” In fact, the distortion in this painting is caused by shifting and shoving the many features – waterfalls, greenhouse, stream, footbridge, rock garden, hot tub, trampoline, patio, fish pond – viewed from several angles, and forgetting to adjust the perspective from time to time... 
I usually explain this as a 'Cubist' approach, but thought I’d call it ‘axonometric’ this time.  Also, the greenhouse (that isometric axonometric wedge full of seedlings in the far corner) reminded me of a properly drawn axonometric projection of a proposed addition to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria that I saw recently.