In its very "basic" sense...a rythym is a repeating unit which brings unity to the whole.
In painting...it is placing marks throughout the entire picture that does the same. If color...you repeat for example a pink on the bottom edge of a cloud with pink on edges of foreground grasses...etc; Violet in the shadows..is to place violet elsewhere, etc;
If line is what dominates a theme of a painting, then its repeating "rythym" unity will incorporate varying yet similar lines throughout.
Some of you are aware I actually had art students paint to
music, listening intently to the overall rythym of the piece, and seeing the melodic and harmonic overtones as unique and individual voicings.
I used a Celtic song, and "Smooth" from Santana's new CD "Supernatural"...you can see that demo in our archive of "how-to's" at Artschool.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/T...spondingMusic/
Of course...I wanted the students to learn that all good painting seeks to have a sense of rythym, as though the spirit of the scene projected its own song.
[This message has been edited by lseiler (edited October 28, 2000).]