The 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.
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 Sonny Steinburg||Painting by Mary Ellen Young|
|Painting by Carol Meredith||Painting by Shelley Mercer|
|Painting by Teri Hranka||Painting by Claire Pridgar|
There 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.)
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!