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Art Composition: Golden Mean Point Perspective Linear & More
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.
Some of the textures in Party Papers and Red Circles (watercolor on paper, 22×30) were achieved with white gouache, which Carol Z. Brody sprayed through various screens and doilies to brighten a painting that had become too dark. It was …
Producing a pleasing composition is often much harder to accomplish when painting en plein air versus painting in the studio from photographic material. Being surrounded by the vastness and complexity of a natural setting can provide a degree of intimidation as well as unlimited visual distractions, while the photograph is safe and contained.