Whenever I get stuck in a rut trying to solve a prob- lem, I try to look at it from a different perspective.
Sometimes that little change can make all
the difference. Artists can get stuck in a
rut as well. One way to change things up
to get excited about a painting or drawing
is to change the point of view.
We are used to seeing paintings as if
painted from a straight on, eye level perspective. But there are two points of view
the artist can employ to put a new spin
on a picture. The first is a Bird’s Eye view:
this means drawing or painting a scene
as if seen from way up high (as a bird
might see it flying by).
The artist Grant Wood often used
this technique in his compelling paintings of quintessential Americana. In his
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, our view
is from way up high, above the tall white
steeple of the church. Paul Revere riding
Grant Wood, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Vincent VanGogh, Landscape with Carriage and Train in the Background
The Birds and the Worms:
Point of View in a Painting
A change in
point of view
can open your
eyes to new
art and in life!