In my en plein air pastel field sketch Minnesota Morning (9×12) shown here, there are three main points of interest where contrast is employed to hold the viewers attention:
- Area 1: The sky hole shape accentuates the largest mass of light in the sky against the largest dark mass of the tree. Stronger edges, texture variation, and blue color saturation are also utilized to attract the viewer’s attention.
- Area 2: Lighter value and sharper edges within the tan grasses and the indication of intense orange flowers in contrast to the dull blue/violet surrounding grasses draws attention to this area, making the viewer pause.
- Area 3: Dancing textural marks of yellow in contrast to the subtle violet grasses of this area create visual activity and another point of interest.
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