January 6, 2012
Winter Light: On the Floor, Abstract Compositions
During winter the sun reaches into rooms, illuminating objects and stretches of floor. The depth of winter shadow alongside the bright light creates drama, ordered by the lines of wooden planks or linoleum tiles. The cast shape of a plant adds a sense of the random, while the rug plays with a soft geometry.
This hooked rug by a friend, Andy Drummond, swells against the crisp lines flowing from a chair, the whole composition a bit like the tumbled and tilted planes of cubism.
A minimal composition, as floor meets baseboard; the slight diagonals of light and shadow make the static horizontal and vertical more dynamic.
The grid of old linoleum tiles in my kitchen is a minimalist/expressionist hybrid, with bounding squares containing color variations, along with the random spots of dirt to liven things up. The curved form of a chair back adds further changes to the rigor of the composition.
A heart, straight lines, and curves; light catching on a shiny surface, reflected back in the darkness, small imperfections of dust and wear: a nice metaphor for life during these short days of winter.
Some other Winter Light posts:
Winter Light: Through Windows
Winter Light: Teacups
Winter Light: Creatures in the House
Winter Light: Knobs and Handles
Winter Light: Rounds