Altered-Progressive Sequences are everywhere. Cross your fingers. Watch water come to a boil. View clouds going by. This could be the stuff that dreams are made of – though the stranger the dream, perhaps the more altered the sequence. It’s all about the scrambling of an otherwise rational, gradual sequence of visual elements whether by one degree or by several.
It’s your turn! Create your own version of an altered–progressive sequence through the vehicle of your choosing: photography, painting, drawing, digital tools, mixed media, etc. Details: Using whichever media you prefer, arrange two right-angled triangles and one arc (as in a sliced off portion of a circle) to create a simple sailing ship. Create five of these simple sailing ships ranging from small to very large and in-between – even changing the proportionate sizes of triangles to arcs if so preferred. None of these sailing vessels need to be engineered to sail. Have some fun! Add patterns to the sails if you’d like. The key rhythm is the relationship amongst the primary objects – your sailing ships.
Arrange your sailing ships to create an altered-progressive arrangement. Try overlapping your sailing ships as well. Also consider the final cropping (aka, trimming) of your composition. Which cropping approach creates the best positive/negative results: tight trim or open? Think about color. Or not.