Macro Abstract Coneflower At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Half Cone

Macro abstract Coneflower at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Half Cone

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There were plenty of coneflowers in the back garden at the Aiken County Historical Museum where I composed Half Cone, but finding one that appealed to me artistically wasn’t easy.  A bit of frame placement experimentation helped lead to the discovery of a perspective that I hadn’t previously considered.  I felt that reducing it down into the best colors and shapes (by eliminating portions of the flower), created an interesting abstract.  I liked how the sharp, pointed areas are calmed by the smooth, soft arcs which produces a nice balance.  I was also very aware of what was being removed from (and what was permitted to remain in) the frame.  To assist with the aesthetic equilibrium, I kept the left and right side spikes balanced as much as possible.  The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen to be seen.


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Author: Steven Dillon

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