Breaking Composition Rules | Eric Wiegardt

Award-winning watercolor artist Eric Wiegardt often finds that the rules of compositional theory are rigid and not all that helpful. Because the rules never seemed to fit his watercolor painting at hand, Wiegardt devised a simple process for evaluating his paintings that has worked well for him over the years:

1) The painting should stand up well from a distance.
2) The eye needs to travel through the entire picture plane without getting stuck on a shape or color.
3) The eye needs to be guided to an area of dominance and held there as long as possible.

For an in-depth look at how Wiegardt makes this three-step practice work for him—and to see more of his watercolor paintings—check out the December 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist, available here in print and digital formats.

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Salo, Italy (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

Salo, Italy (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther Asleep in Paris (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

Esther Asleep in Paris (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

 

Vittoriale Gardens (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

Vittoriale Gardens (watercolor on paper) by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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