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Old 10-03-2017, 10:44 PM
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widescreen canvases?

More and more, we are used to widescreen... movies, tv's, cell phone reference photos, ....I'm finding traditional canvases too boxy for what I want to paint. Anyone else feel this way?
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Re: widescreen canvases?

Heck, sometimes I don't even want a widescreen. I've painted square, rectangular, super long, round, oval, in the shape of jigsaws and other objects...
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Re: widescreen canvases?

I've never really understood widescreen. What's the point of it when I have to watch a widescreen movie with black areas at the top and bottom of a widescreen TV. I suppose one could paint these black areas on a canvas giving a real life feel.
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Re: widescreen canvases?

C'mon Ian... surely you know that widescreen format is used on TVs in order to show the entire format some films were shot in. You can't get those broad panoramas of Lawrence of Arabia when seen in the usual format edited for television. The problem is that films have been shot in a broad array of formats... check out Abel Gance's Napoleon... but TVs come in a single screen size.
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Re: widescreen canvases?

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More and more, we are used to widescreen... movies, tv's, cell phone reference photos, ....I'm finding traditional canvases too boxy for what I want to paint. Anyone else feel this way?

I don't; I tend to select the canvas to fit the idea rather than the other way round, so I work in a variety of sizes and aspect ratios. OTOH, I haven't been to a movie in years; don't watch much TV, and rarely use photo references.

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C'mon Ian... surely you know that widescreen format is used on TVs in order to show the entire format some films were shot in. You can't get those broad panoramas of Lawrence of Arabia when seen in the usual format edited for television. The problem is that films have been shot in a broad array of formats... check out Abel Gance's Napoleon... but TVs come in a single screen size.

I stretch 4.3 formatted to 16.9, nothing like seeing a tall good looking actor or actress look like an ordinary person in the street. Sturdy, I call it. Makes the actresses look a little broad in the beam, so to speak. Quite quaint to watch though.

I've actually bought wide canvases and usually painted on them length ways. I've seen many wide canvases in my local Store.
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Re: widescreen canvases?

Mary: I think the problem with widescreen (well, not really a problem) is that the subject would have to fit that wide expanse: Landscape, seascape, city scape, abstraction etc.
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Re: widescreen canvases?

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More and more, we are used to widescreen... movies, tv's, cell phone reference photos, ....I'm finding traditional canvases too boxy for what I want to paint. Anyone else feel this way?

Ironically filmmakers have no choice but are forced to use the widescreen aspect for everything they film. So rather than choosing an aspect to fit the subject, they have to devise a way to make the subject fit the aspect. Sort of the opposite way most painters tend to think.

I know when just looking at BLANK canvases the widescreen seems appealing because we see so many widescreens (video, computer) that it is now the default, the new normal aspect to "frame" pictures.

But keep in mind, when people look at paintings, they are looking at them hanging on walls - and the size and aspect of a painting has to fit the gestalt of the room - which is not necessarily widescreen.

Also I think it could be an advantage to NOT make widescreen paintings. You don't want a painting to be subconsciously viewed as "just another screen" but as a BREAK from that, something different something special.
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