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  • Al

    Administrator
    October 4, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Design and Compostion of your painting can either help it or hurt it. There are several methods for creating good composition in your paintings: The rule of thirds, the golden mean, the simple cross. There is symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions. As an artist you will be making these decisions as you plan out your piece. I tend to use the simple cross method. you divide your canvas into four equal parts, you keep any major object in your design off of the four lines and out of the direct middle, you work your light to keep the eye moving and you are good!

    • This discussion was modified 7 months ago by  Al.
  • Naomi

    Administrator
    October 4, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for posting this Al, very informative! I use the rule of thirds when designing my painting. That could be light and shadow, like 2/3 shadow in the composition and 1/3 light or visa versa. The landscape too, place the horizon in thirds also. For a big sky feature, 1/3 land and 2/3 sky. Never place your horizon line in the middle.

    • Al

      Administrator
      October 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      I use the rule of thirds as well. I have also experimented with the Golden Mean and it works well……so much to do LOL!

    • Janet

      Member
      February 9, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      Great advice Naomi and Al. I would add: And never put your most important element in the middle, either. Divide your canvas into 9 squares and place the focal point in one of the squares just off the center, then arrange your other elements so that the eye follows them to the focal point.

      • Naomi

        Administrator
        February 10, 2021 at 10:28 am

        Have you ever heard of the golden ratio, Janet?

        • Janet

          Member
          February 11, 2021 at 7:17 am

          Oh yes! I carry that rule in my mind all the time.

  • Connie

    Member
    October 5, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Very helpful. Thank you for this great post! ??

  • Mike

    Member
    October 31, 2020 at 5:50 am

    I was thinking this morning (me thinking is scary in itself), anyway, throughout my design career, I never had to give “rules” much thought; I just started drawing. Looking back at some of those original pages and examining how we might recognize the rules naturally used in the process, I totally agree that my better compositions always adhered directly one rule or another.

    I am by nature a rule breaker. I like apple pie for breakfast. Chocolate cake is good too! Painting outside the box thus fractilizes the rule’s boundaries, and just maybe leads us into an unexpected wonderland of brush made creation.

    My mother tinted B&W photo-portraits using Q-tips, no brush work. They were/are excellent. I’ll continue to use my Rosemary brushes for oils, but someday I’m also going to grab a piece of cake for breakfast and then go into my studio and attempt to break some other composition rules as well. 🙃

  • Al

    Administrator
    November 2, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Mike, do what feels right! That’s what makes you you! 😄👍🎨

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