Art Design

Elements and principles of art, color theory, swatches, visual communication, figure-ground perception, gestalt laws, perceptual organization, stamps, stencils, prints, illustration, posters, supergraphics.

Design - an arrangement of elements or details in a work of art or a product, the creative art of executing aesthetic or functional visions.

A design - a plan or specification for the construction of an object or system or for the implementation of an activity or process.

Illustration - decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in print and digital published media.

Applied arts - design and decoration of practical objects to make them aesthetically pleasing.

Art Elements Lena Nechet

Art Elements

Color, Line, Shape, Texture, Form, Space, Materiality, Markmaking


arts, elements, principles
Art Principles Lena Nechet

Art Principles

 Emphasis, Contrast, Proportion, Rhythm, Balance, Harmony


arts, elements, principles
22 Disinformation Defense Lena Nechet

Poster paper cut - an example of poster of meaningful persuasion made bu cutting a paper board, underlaid with a contrasting black. It can be used as a stencil.

The shield is presented as a flower receptacle, held by a fairy (or an elf), whose one hand holds the shield, and another, right hand, is in a protective gesture. The fairy's hair is the flower petals. The shield with a writing in a leaf-like font deters sharp arrows of informational attacks.

This work offers to the viewer three main principles to defend yourself from disinformation and manipulation, represented with fake, con, and lie:

  1. Ethical code - strong moral convictions.
  2. Critical thinking - skills in forming a judgement by analyzing of available facts, observations, and arguments to form a judgment.
  3. Self-knowledge - knowing your personality, psychology, and biology, paying attention to own mental states - self-awareness and self-consciousness.

Disinformation - false information deliberately and often covertly spread in order  to deceive people, a type of propaganda.


Poster paper cut - an example of poster of meaningful persuasion made bu cutting a paper board, underlaid with a contrasting black. It can be used as a stencil.
disinformation, manipulation, defense, fake, con, lie, ethical code, critical thinking, self-knowledge
22 Corner Triangle Lena Nechet Derek Fox

This wall installation is my project with a fellow artist Derek Fox. It was installed on May 17, 2022 in a college building. We have decided to attempt to insert an impossible triangle into an upper corner of a water fountain. It creates an illusion of changing shape when one walks through the corridor. Our install time was limited to thirty minutes, so we had prepared sketches with measurements and discussed the workflow in details.


This wall installation is my project with a fellow artist Derek Fox.
Derek Fox, Lena Nechet, supergraphics, installation, wall art, impossible triangle
22 6 Color Wheel Split Shape Lena Nechet

This is a form of a color wheel, pointing to the disconnect in a physical wavelength on magenta. The warm hues on the right have a warmer muted magenta background than the cool hues on the left. The green and the mind-generated magenta can be both. The colors have similar circular shape, an element of art design, which creates rhythm, an art design principle. The larger circle they create illustrates balance, and the emphasis is on magenta - both also are basic art design principles.


This is a form of a color wheel, pointing to the disconnect in a physical wavelength on magenta. The warm hues on the right have a warmer muted magenta background than the cool hues on the left. The green and the mind-generated magenta can be both. The colors have similar circular shape, an element of art design, which creates rhythm, an art design principle. The larger circle they create illustrates balance, and the emphasis is on magenta - both also are basic art design principles.
elements, principles, shape, movement, emphasis
22 12 Colors Wheel Flower Hue Harmony Lena Nechet

This is a flower-shaped 12-hue color wheel, with squares of opposite color next to each petal, a split of a cool and warm version of the similar hue. Warm hues are on the right: cool and warm red, orange and mid-yellow, cool lemon yellow and lime colors. The are followed by the cool colors on the left: warm and cool green, cyan and royal blue, violet and purple. Hue is an attribute of color, an art design element. The six petals illustrate harmony, an art design principle.


This is a flower-shaped 12-hue color wheel, with squares of opposite color next to each petal, a split of a cool and warm version of the similar hue. Warm hues are on the right: cool and warm red, orange and mid-yellow, cool lemon yellow and lime colors. The are followed by the cool colors on the left: warm and cool green, cyan and royal blue, violet and purple. Hue is an attribute of color, an art design element. The six petals illustrate harmony, an art design principle.
elements, principles, harmony, color, wheel, flower
22 Flagship Station Lena Nechet

This triptych collage is an example of implementing contrast in color hues and values.


This triptych collage is an example of implementing contrast in color hues and values.
color, contrast, example
22 4 Complimentaries Emphasis Space Contrast Lena Nechet

This collage demonstrates four complimentary colors - blue and orange, dark and light each. Juxtaposing dark and light blues and oranges serves as an example of color and value contrast - one of the art design principles. And the accent on the central floral shape by a negative space illustrates another art design principle: emphasis, as well as an element of art design: space.


This collage demonstrates four complimentary colors - blue and orange, dark and light each. Juxtaposing dark and light blues and oranges serves as an example of color and value contrast - one of the art design principles. And the accent on the central floral shape by a negative space illustrates another art design principle: emphasis, as well as an element of art design: space.
elements, principles, emphasis, space, contrast
22 4 Analogue Form Balance Lena Nechet

This simple collage demonstrates warm analogous colors - from red to yellow.  An illusion of a three-dimensional object in the middle illustrated form as an element of art design. The composition is balanced with other geometric shapes to serve as an example of balance - one of the art design principles.


This simple collage demonstrates warm analogous colors - from red to yellow. An illusion of a three-dimensional object in the middle illustrated form as an element of art design. The composition is balanced with other geometric shapes to serve as an example of balance - one of the art design principles.
elements, principles, form, balance
22 6 Tertiary Texture Pattern Lena Nechet

This collage in six tertiary colors demonstrates an art design element texture, including a pattern. Some pattern is created by contrasting violet and green or orange and blue triangles on the schematic vase and with circles on squares in the background. Some texture is created with the same hue by positive and negative shades (in green), using a low contrast (a design principle) created by change of brushstroke direction and by the white of the cut visually - visual texture, and by paper edges casting slight shadow - tactile texture - in a collage you can feel it as a relief.


This collage in six tertiary colors demonstrates an art design element texture, including a pattern. Some pattern is created by contrasting violet and green or orange and blue triangles on the schematic vase and with circles on squares in the background. Some texture is created with the same hue by positive and negative shades (in green), using a low contrast (a design principle) created by change of brushstroke direction and by the white of the cut visually - visual texture, and by paper edges casting slight shadow - tactile texture - in a collage you can feel it as a relief.
elements, principles, texture, pattern
22 6 Shades Value Proportion Lena Nechet

This collage demonstrates six color shades of blue blue. The emphasis, an art design principle, is made with negative shapes (white background), an element of art design: space - the dark value of blue contrasts with the lightest value. The rectangular shapes in perspective illustrate proportion, another art design principle.


This collage demonstrates six color shades of blue blue. The emphasis, an art design principle, is made with negative shapes (white background), an element of art design: space - the dark value of blue contrasts with the lightest value. The rectangular shapes in perspective illustrate proportion, another art design principle.
elements, principles, shade, value, proportion, emphasis, space
22 6 Tints Saturation Variety Lena Nechet

This collage in six tints of one color, from mid-value to sky-blue, illustrates saturation of color, a main art design element. With just changes in color saturation in a monochrome image, one can achieve both gradual change and contrast.  It also demonstrates variety, one part of the art design principle harmony, with shapes of different sizes and and contours.


This collage in six tints of one color, from mid-value to sky-blue, illustrates saturation of color, a main art design element. With just changes in color saturation in a monochrome image, one can achieve both gradual change and contrast. It also demonstrates variety, one part of the art design principle harmony, with shapes of different sizes and and contours.
elements, principles, saturation, variety, harmony
22 6 Tones Line Rhythm Lena Nechet

This collage in six color tones demonstrates line as an element of art design and rhythm as an art design principle. A tone is a color that has been mixed with grey. The several muted tints and shades of blue produce enough distinction for the monotone  abstract. The dots of negative (cut out) and positive (glued on) space - white and blue create some rhythm, as well as vertical lines.


This collage in six color tones demonstrates line as an element of art design and rhythm as an art design principle. A tone is a color that has been mixed with grey. The several muted tints and shades of blue produce enough distinction for the monotone abstract. The dots of negative (cut out) and positive (glued on) space - white and blue create some rhythm, as well as vertical lines.
elements, principles, tone, line, rhythm
Ln22i15snb Slavic Newspeak Lena Nechet

This is an example of partial reversal of figure and ground in pen and ink. The angular shape from the top reverses values of the content in the middle: from white to black and vise versa. This work has areas of geometric and organic design, and uses motives from three different cultures, that were my influences.

Description of this work: Slavic Newspeak.


This is an example of partial reversal of figure and ground in pen and ink. The angular shape from the top reverses values of the content in the middle: from white to black and vise versa. This work has areas of geometric and organic design, and uses motives from three different cultures, that were my influences.
figure, ground
22 Square Feelings Lena Nechet

This is an exercise in composition to express concepts with black simple shapes, squares.

The feelings are: boldness, congestion, loneliness, tension, excitement. Same with rectangles.


This is an exercise in composition to express concepts with black simple shapes.
boldness, congestion, loneliness, tension, excitement, square, composition
22 Rectangular Feelings Lena Nechet

This is another exercise in composition: expressing the same concepts with rectangles (same in squares).

Feelings sequence: excitement, congestion, boldness, loneliness, tension.


This is another exercise in composition: expressing the same concepts with rectangles.
excitement, congestion, boldness, loneliness, tension, rectangle, composition
22 Visual Sound Wave Forest Wind Awl Lena Nechet

Visualizing sounds: an ocean wave, a forest wind, and an awl's hoo-hoo.


Visualizing sounds: an ocean wave, a forest wind, and an awl's hoo-hoo.
composition
22 Moon Landing Pattern Lena Nechet

Visual texture here is composed of separate shapes, separated by evenly distributed space. On this stage of the painting, the four most basic shapes are just enclosed lines, topologically equal: circles, drops, flowers or hearts, and triangles. On the next stage, they will be distinguished additionally by color.


Visual texture here is composed of separate shapes, separated by evenly distributed space. On this stage of the painting, the four most basic shapes are just enclosed lines, topologically equal.
composition, shape, pattern, circle, drop, flower, heart, triangle

Paint and dry media swatches - experimentation with professional artist paints and their mixes with each other and added archival elements - hues, tints, tones, shades, visual texture, markmaking, mediums.

Color theory in the visual arts is a practical guidance to color mixing, combinations, and applicatio for specific visual effects.

In 15th century CE, color theory principles first appeared in the writings of Leone Battista Alberti and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. In the beginning of 18th century, Isaac Newton's Opticks was published.

Author

Lena Nechet, artist - Fine art, media productions, language.
San Diego, California , USA ,
Art@LenaNechet.com 323-686-1771