Monday, March 19, 2007

My Perspective on Perspective

I have noticed that academic perspective as it applies to needlework has been of interest lately in the guild magazines and several teachers and stitchers have contributed their ideas about it in the last few years.

I have always wanted to put in my 2 cents worth but never had the occasion. Then the other night I watched a DVD my husband gave to me for Valentine's Day: The Post Impressionsits - Cezanne.

The two art historians on the DVD did such a great job discussing Cezanne's innovative approach to perspective. It was a delightful hour and a significant reminder that acaedmic perspective is not the only approach to capturing three dimensional subjects on a two-dimensional surface.

If you would like to see a different perspective on perspective, watch The Post Impressionists - Cezanne, available for $17.95 on I just looked up price and availability this morning and noticed there are also used copies available from $11.26.

I have two post scripts. The first, Cezanne was a favorite of my mother who, for as long as I could remember, kept a coffee-table book of his paintings. As a child I remember her leafing through it quite often.

Second, as you work your way through my Redwork Mystery, stop and think what I did with perspective on the piece. I guess this comment in itself is a hint about my mystery, isn't it. Keep guessing! I have enjoyed reading your guesses about my Surprise Windows.

Gay Ann


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Zembroider said...

This is an interesting site about perspective.

Gay Ann Rogers said...

Thanks, Zeena,
Gay Ann

margaret said...

I created a blog, even though I don't know the first thing about it, just to answer you. What a teacher you are! I was thinking about perspection and thought maybe the first block would be the front gate, with a trellis of roses, flowers, cat and bird bath in the front yard. Cold or Hot? Margaret

Gay Ann Rogers said...

Hi Margaret,
Good for you! I didn't do mine on my own -- Laura did it for me. Thanks for writing.
Hot or Cold?? You will have to wait and see :-)
It won't be long....
Gay Ann

LovetoStitch99 said...

I am glad that you mentioned this. It will make me more mindful of perspective as I stitch along.

Pierrette =^..^=