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Art Composition: Golden Mean Point Perspective Linear & More
When we view a painting, we are perceptively transported into a scene of the artist’s design. The encapsulating of the painting on all sides heightens this magical phenomenon, making the most important edges in a painting the perimeter. This is why most artwork is presented with a frame, or displayed on a flat neutral background when presented unframed. Besides the obvious framing benefits of a delineated edge, the encapsulation perception that it creates can prove useful when painting.
Compositional design is the foundation of any successful painting. What is spatially represented within the borders of a painting’s format communicates an artists’ intent. Various components work in harmony to create a sound composition, such as line, shape, form, color, and texture. Line refers to the motion, direction and orientation of things represented within the composition. Form refers to the illusion of depth created by light and dark. Color refers to the hue and temperature. Texture refers to the surface quality, such as rough, smooth, or soft. Shape refers to form delineated by closed lines, most often indicated with contrasting value and color. As painters, we are in control of how these elements are arranged, unlike photographers who are limited by the scene in front of the lens.
5 Watercolor Techniques You Can Learn from Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, J.M.W. Turner and Other Famous Watercolor Artists
Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow, an encore presentation of North Light artist Jan Kunz’s best-selling book, shares simple step-by-step demonstrations for capturing that celebrated “glow” in watercolor. Kunz explains how composition, color theory and other important elements of painting …
Before starting a painting, most artists do a series of composition sketches to evaluate design elements. These simple or elaborate sketches provide a road map for the scale and placement of major shapes, values and color masses. Referring back to them as the painting progresses keeps the painting on track, often producing a more solid outcome. While it’s always useful to have the initial composition sketches at hand for reference while painting, there is another tool that can provide another visual means to painting evaluation—a piece of clear picture framing glass and dry markers.
The deadline for the Strokes of Genius 5: Best of Drawing competition has been extended through May 16, 2012. The theme of this year’s contest is “composition.” Artwork can be in any dry medium, or wet medium applied in a …
In addition to the essential topics of atmospheric perspective and the contrast effect, I want to discuss points (or areas) of interest within the confines of a paintings composition. Often referred to as focal points, these represent a center of activity, attraction, or attention in a painting—a point of concentration. They are a place where the viewer’s attention pauses before moving on. Without them, the viewer will not know where to look and quickly lose interest.