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The Best Composition Tip - Ever

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

Painting - River BankThe longer that I have been painting, the more I appreciate that good composition frequently comes down to one thing. It is - avoid 50/50 in every aspect. Landscape painters should avoid a horizon that is at all close to dividing the painting surface in half. Make it higher or lower. In addition, in any type of painting, it's a good idea to avoid a half and half division between the amount of dark or light colour. Best to have the majority of the page dark with light accents or vise versa. The same can be said of warm versus cool colour, or textured versus smooth area, or hard versus soft edges. If in any aspect of composition you have to think hard about what is dominant and what an accent, then likely it is too close to 50/50 to be pleasing to the eye. Hope this is helpful, next time you are analysing your work.

  • Kathie    |  Jul 27, 2013

    I agree Cheryl...... I love the ONE RULE "Never make any two intervals the same". It applies to all aspects of design-- shape, colour, line, value, etc etc. I got that from Greg Albert's book "The simple secret to better painting." I highly recommend it to anyone interested in composition and design!

Wet & Wild - Student Paintings

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Creativity

Here are just a few of the amazing paintings that were done by students during the recent Wet & Wild Painting Week. Aren't they wonderful?

Painting by SonnyvSteinburg Painting by Mary Ellen Young
Painting by Sonny Steinburg Painting by Mary Ellen Young
Painting by Carol Meredith Painting by Shelley Mercer
Painting by Carol Meredith Painting by Shelley Mercer
Painting by Teri Hranka Painting by Claire Pridgar
Painting by Teri Hranka Painting by Claire Pridgar
  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 28, 2013

    Thanks, Lynne - me too!

  •    |  Jul 28, 2013

    Love all the art work..wonderful as usual..I am looking forward to the August Plein Air week..

  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 23, 2013

    Thanks, Dorothy! It was such a creative group and we did have lots of fun.

  • Dorothy Schlarbaum    |  Jul 23, 2013

    Looks like everybody had a blast. Great work!

Through the Eyes of a Friend

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Creativity

Cez200There is something lovely about a shared pleasure. Life's joys are often more full when experienced with a friend. Although I have wonderful friends who partake in various parts of my life, today I want to talk about art gallery friends.

Art gallery friends understand that the pace that you travel through an art exhibit is completely unpredictable. They know that if the art is good, at some point likely one masterpiece will reach out, grab a piece of your heart, and leave you standing there absorbing in silence for awhile. They walk on, saying, "I'll be in the next room", and leave you in peace - and you do the same for them. Then at other times while looking at a painting together, they are willing to state completely honestly which paintings speak to them and which don't. We have fun exploring why. And suddenly, standing in front of a piece of art, you are seeing it through someone else's eyes!

So thank you to my art gallery friends - you know who you are. Thanks for your patience and for sharing the joy. You make my life richer.

(Painting by Cezanne.)

Creative Confidence

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 in Creativity

Today is the last day of our Wet & Wild Week - and yes, it has been. I have to applaud each student who participated for your willingness to try new things, your wonderful sense of adventure. Each day was a smorgasbord of creative ideas. We really got into layering different effects, textures, and colours - too much fun! In the end, more than specific techniques which of course I hope are helpful, I am really hoping that each one will go away with a greater creative confidence and even more freedom to explore.

I plan to post some photos next week - stay tuned.

It seemed appropriate to post this lovely 11 minute video: "David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence". Enjoy!

  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 21, 2013

    Glad you enjoyed it, Kathie!

  • Kathie    |  Jul 19, 2013

    This was an awesome video, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing. It gives food for thought on many different levels, even touching on one's deepest dreams, and purpose in this world.

Advise from Artists

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in Art Links

CherriesHere's some advice from other artists.  I'm sure you will find something inspiring in this article. Thanks to Artpromotivate - here's the link:  "Never Give Up On Your Art."

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