Friday, January 03, 2014


G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Art is limitation; the essence of every picture is the frame."  

This is surely true. 

On the other hand, Arthur Koestler reminds us that the real action takes place outside the frame. He urges us to "catch a glimpse of eternity through the window of time." 

This is surely true as well.

As we step into 2014, here is a small bouquet of pictures of feet stepping into the picture from outside the frame:

Richard Thompson

Malcolm McKesson
These feet at the edge of the drawing may be a slightly unorthodox composition but they are a useful and fun way to imply a larger reality beyond the frame.

John Cuneo
Mel Lazarus

 In 2014, may your eye frame the world so that you are able to focus on the the things that are important and worthy of attention, but never forget the larger realities waiting beyond the frame.


MORAN said...

Crumb started this. You never see this before the 20th century

chuck pyle said...

putting our best foot forward….happy 2014!

kev ferrara said...

May we all step up when called upon, step off when it is judicious, step out when we're feeling it, but avoid stepping in it when it plops in our path.

Happy New Year, peeps.

Richard said...

Love the Richard Thompson piece; here's to his health in the coming year.

And to all else, a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Richard is there a problem with Richard Thompson's health? I agree this piece is neat.


Richard said...

Last I had heard, yeah, but I don't know him personally so I could be wrong.

Unknown said...

wonderful sentiment.

Aleš said...

Happy New Year everyone!

David Apatoff said...

MORAN-- I don't know if R.Crumb was the first to feature a foot stepping into the panel, but I admit that it is an unorthodox composition with a 20th century flavor to it.

Charles Pyle, Kev Ferrara, Richard, JSL, Chris Gritti and Ales-- Thank you all for writing in, I hope you have a great 2014 and that we can enjoy fruitful dialogue throughout the year.

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