All winners will appear in the twentieth edition of Splash.
Composition is the arrangement of the visual elements in your painting. This is quite distinct from the subject of your painting. Often the subject and composition will intersect; the subject may “ask for” a certain look. Ultimately, any subject can be developed with a variety of compositional strategies. In most cases, however, it is not the subject but the composition of the work that gives a painting its originality and appeal. The elements of composition are classically defined as line, shape, color, value, texture, form and space. These elements can be organized along with balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and point of view in a near-infinite number of ways. How you compose your painting determines the way people will view it and how they will be affected by it emotionally.
For the Splash 20 contest, we will be looking for excellence and originality in composition, as well as a variety of styles and subjects. If selected, you will be asked to write about the manner in which you considered and developed the composition for your painting: Why did you choose, or create, this particular subject in this way? Did the subject present itself with a pleasing composition, or did you manipulate it? Did you develop a composition before painting, or as you painted? The dominant medium must be watercolor, though some minor use of other mediums may be acceptable. You must specify any other mediums used in addition to watercolor in your application.