Friday, August 20, 2010
orchestrating the focal point
The "rule of thirds" is a great tool to use for planning your focal point. Divide your paper/canvas into 3 equal spaces. The 4 points where the lines cross are the sweet spots. Choose one and plan the focal point there. (Square formats are slightly different, because of the nature of their even-ness.) I chose the upper right sweet spot.
I must admit I am not happy with this painting. I wanted that summer haze- lazy feeling, but I think I became wrapped up in "it." Funny while I was painting I knew it was happening, but I didn't stop myself!
No sense perseverating. I painted this yesterday... so thankfully today I have another chance, both outdoors and in the studio.
PS I just redid this one (top), wiped it down with OMS and just went for it. better? no...go on to something else ;-)