Terry Miura • Studio Notes

Monday, May 16, 2011

Off With Her Head!

Red Sofa No.2, 10 x 24 (?), oil on linen

Here's an example of what not to do. See the top of the sofa intersecting the figure right at the neck, separating the head from the body? (And the sofa is blood red! Yikes!)  When you encounter an awkward alignment like this, just move the line up or down a little. 

Theoretically, one could pull off a composition with odd tangents by manipulating edges and contrasts and what not, but sometimes it's just easier and more effective to simply move the offending element. 

Otherwise I like this little sketch. I was especially happy with the brushwork. Too bad suggestion of decapitations don't quite fit into my repertoire.


  1. Chuckle! Yes, good point about the line of the top of the sofa...but i agree that the colour is fantastic and that it's an appealing little sketch.

  2. Sounds like the "Abhorrence of Coincidence/Generic Viewpoint" principle described by Ramachandran's cognitive studies about art, as can be seen on this article of the neuroscience blog Mixing Memory. :)

  3. thanks so much for sharing a 'goof'. Wish artists would do a bit more of this...sure makes for good learning. The rest of the painting is so good, I'd be temped to raise the back of the sofa. But then you'd have a tangent with her raised knee :(