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Tag: 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.
Artist Mark Mehaffey explains how to apply basic principles of composition to abstract or nonobjective paintings.
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.