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"The Major Minor Principle helps me to be responsible with my art."

I often use a technique that I call the "Major Minor Principle". It's kind of a fun way of setting up a painting. The "major notes" in music are generally uplifting while "minor notes" create tension. I apply that same principle to my paintings. It’s the dichotomy between what's comforting and what's tense. It’s a tool that I use that helps me to understand and take responibility for what I choose to say with my art. It's the same principle as a protagonist and antagonist in a book or movie.

An example of “Major Minor” thinking is my painting titled “Resolution Rock”. The tension of the rain and lighting, "minor notes", leads to the calm pool below, "major notes".



Pat Margis