The Supremacy of Line, 2.




Michael Leyton





I will introduce here one of the basic rules I use: A finished painting must work equally in all four orientations. In order to achieve this, I rotate the canvas by 90 degrees every few minutes throughout the entire painting process. This has an extraordinary effect on the final painting. First of all, the painting reaches completion simultaneously in all four orientations. And most importantly, in any single orientation, the painting has a powerful tension that is equally distributed across the entire surface; i.e., like a stretched drumskin. Continually rotating the canvas during the painting process ensures that, in any single orientation, the tension is not skewed in any way. Also, it ensures that it never matters which orientation you view the final painting in. Each orientation gives a complete work in its own right. You get four paintings for the price of one!





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