One structure I keep revisiting, one visual pattern that continues to lure my attention is the notan, a simplified arrangement of two major shapes found in the overall collection of lights and darks.
|Original photo of Herefords in pasture.|
|Notan study of original photo. Notice how each inherent set of lights and the darks link together into one connected shape creating a pattern. While discovering this pattern, I deleted the frontal trees because they divided the composition.|
|"Sautee Herefords" oil painting based on the notan pattern|
Chopin did that with the mazurka,--another concept invented and named somewhere in time--as pattern for at least 58 of his compositions. And Shakespeare used the sonnet pattern--same process, different mode--exploiting it to spout forth more than 150 poems. (See last week's post.)
Neither notan nor mazurka nor sonnet is a restriction, rather each is a container within which we can discover unlimited possibilities. We need only to be alert.