Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rhythm of Life

" De ja Vu" pastel by Robin Maria Pedrero
Music or dance often comes to mind first at the word rhythm
which is also a visual tempo or beat.

Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment;
it is as much a part of painting as of music. (Walter J. Phillips)

Rhythm is an art principle. Artists create visual rhythm by repeating art elements and patterns. The repetition of elements adds balance and harmony to artwork. Alternating lights and darks also give a sense of rhythm. The shapes, colors, lights and darks are the instruments an artist uses to give rhythm to their creations. Rhythm is a principle of design with regular repetition of elements that produce the look and feel of movement. It can be achieved through the careful placement of repeated components which invite the viewer's eye to jump rapidly or glide smoothly from one to the next. Rhythm is important to composition and harmony. Elements can carry their own separate rhythms; color rhythms, line rhythms, and form rhythms.

An Xiao creates fine art photography and exhibits in New York and Los Angeles. She photographs "Street Haikus" seen here : streethaiku.blogspot.com and in haiku moments, busy streetsportfolio: anxiaophotography.com. She is also currently with the Brooklyn Museum:http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/click/highlight.php?id=62&t=artists

Like the brilliant haiku examples by An Xiao there are a variety of rhythms just as in prose;
AB - AB - AB the most common type, visually could be dark light - dark light - dark light or insert another element like a shape, line or color. ABC-ABC-ABC ,
There are alternating rhythms like ABA-CDC-ABA-EFE- or
Progressive rhythms occur when there is a gradual increase or decrease in the size, number, color, or some other quality of the elements repeated. Rhythms can flow and also be random.

Interestingly rhythms in one art form like music can inspire rhythms in another form like fine art or dance. There are continual interactions between all of the arts, its own rhythm of life.


An Xiao Photography said...

Thanks so much for this mention! :)

Anonymous said...


This is something I have seen in your work and did not know if it was your eye or the way you do compositions. Thanks for showing An's work as another great example. I am subscribing through that feedblitz link. Let me know if it works.


Anonymous said...

For some reason, before I even saw your words on this piece I was reminded of those songs I love to listen to in the summer. Ahh, and if you look...well...I can actually see Piano Keys..and Guitar Frets in this piece.
Goodness...Nature and Music...two of my favorite things.

Peace and Light

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Beautiful Work! I found your blog via twitter and have enjoyed reading through it.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Thanks so much!