Lightening Up On Detail

A painting is a story told visually through an artist’s point of view. As you know, the best stories are those that leave something for the reader to ponder. Likewise, a painting that invites viewer participation is more exciting than one that describes every detail. In general, I find that my most successful paintings are made up of about 25 percent detail and 75 percent less clearly defined areas. Within these areas of less definition there should be some subtle whisper of information given, but only enough to hint at the purpose. Meanwhile, the center of interest—the “star” of the story—requires substantially more focus. By limiting the areas of extensive description, we can guide a viewer through the plot—the supportive compositional elements—to a successful, climactic conclusion at the focal point.

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