Horizontal or Vertical?

When I’m finished with a painting I like to position it horizontal and vertical to get a feel for what suits the piece best, but I can’t figure out which one would do the painting justice. Any ideas?Image




About toccopolasam

Artist Statement: I'm an outsider artist of women's traditional arts. I've been categorized both as a folk artist and south Gothic artist. I'm not sure either category fits me, but I know my art is informed by a feminine gaze. I distrust labels of this kind. Like my grandmother sewing, I do this because I consider it beautiful. I believe in making art that has a narrative, one that creates an ambiance contributing to the visual effect of the work. Like all Southerners raised in the specter of Lost Cause discourse, memories haunt me and my work as an artist. Although southern Gothic is generally rendered in ockers and gray because of multiple layers of decay on the genre, I use garish, Madi Gras colors in defiance of the myth that Scarlett O Hara is alive and well and living in Toccopola. My art searches the landscape for signs of the new south, I'm trying to scrape off the Mary Kay and show the real face however pock-marked of lady antebellum.
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7 Responses to Horizontal or Vertical?

  1. thoughtofvg says:

    There is quite a big difference isn’t there? I would say the the orientation at the top gives a peaceful appearance to the painting whereas the bottom orientation accentuates the forehead somehow and almost give the image a mournful quality. Its amazing the difference just turning a painting round has on the final image.

    • toccopolasam says:

      I completely agree, and I was so happy with the surprise I received from flipping it. The feeling I wanted to portray the most was the sweetness that is my baby, that can be seen however you turn it.

  2. rikushin says:

    Both give an interesting view but i think i prefer the horizontal one. To me it feels more natural.

  3. I agree with thoughtofvg… I think both convey a different feeling. I think the horizontal is more sweet and precious, more natural.

  4. The first comment said it all what I wanted to say… It’s so precious!

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