I have visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition many times, and have to admit that for the most part I am rarely inspired, often leaving with a sense of confusion and frustration!
watercolour of dancing birds…..Lots of negative space.
Traditionally during this large exhibition, paintings have been hung close together in overcrowded galleries. This year, the galleries had been hung far more sensitively, allowing more space between the paintings, which in turn gives viewers the opportunity to actually see and enjoy the works on display.
I wasn’t planning to attend this year, until my friend, Jayanthi asked if I would like to meet her there. The prospect of spending time with her was enough for me to change my mind.
Jayanthi, taking a photograph in one of the galleries.
Allowing space around and between paintings gives the eye and mind time to rest and focus, rather than being bombarded with too much information.
Looking through galleries at the RA.
The same principle is honoured in Japanese gardens and theatre…..we recognise it in beautifully composed music, literature and paintings. A place within the whole, which allows the mind to rest – to take in with clarity what it is we are experiencing.
The calm and serenity of a Japanese garden.
I hope everyone enjoys a lovely weekend, with some space and time for reflection…..
magical hummingbird soaring through space and time…..