Try different ways to frame your subject

  • Are there any lines or edges that divide the picture in half or in equal units?
  • Does your picture have a primary center of interest?
  • Is the center of interest also a strong focal point?
  • Is the center of interest at a sweet spot?
  • Are there any lines that lead the eye out of the picture?
  • Are there strong value contrasts in your picture?
  • Are the shapes in your pictures interesting?
  • Are there any strong obliques?

    –Greg Albert, author of The Simple Secret to Better Painting

    John Seerey-Lester, who lives in Nokomis, Florida, has traveled across the globe in search of his wildlife subjects. His work is included in the collections of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Wildlife Experience Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts, England?s Nature in Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. He has had some 300 limited-edition reproductions published by Mill Pond Press, and his work has appeared in many books and magazines. He?s the author of Painting Wildlife With John Seerey-Lester (North Light Books, 2003), from which this article was excerpted with permission, available from your local bookseller or by calling 800/448-0915.

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