Monday, March 5, 2012

the diva and her entourage:composition

pastel 10x10
 If you didn't catch Robert Genn's post in the Painter's Keys last week please check out this link. It's a must. The post labeled "six compositional boo- boos" shares important information we know, but, speaking for myself, sometimes simply forget to use.
Paintings are rarely "good enough." Genn gives 6 tools to help you examine your work.
The third "boo boo" labeled "amorphous design" talks about the cornerstone of good composition. I have always thought of it as the diva  (focal point) and her entourage, which consists of two smaller points of interest. These points should form a triangle (during the Renaissance many artists preferred the equilateral triangle, although most artists now use an unequal.) The points direct the viewers eye, practically providing a map of driving instructions. Many paintings fail either because this diva is not evident or her supporting cast does not exist, thus leaving the viewer floundering and uninterested.
The painting above was one I completed this winter. It fell flat until I heightened the distant land mass and sky- making the diva more apparent. The blue in the top left sky and the orange in the mass of trees left were my pivot points.

PS When you check Robert Genn's post be certain to sign up for his twice weekly letters. The post is one of his wonderful letters.


Celeste Bergin said...

great post! thanks so much for the link. The Diva, indeed! great way to think of it. Beautiful paintings

Donna T said...

You always keep your divas in control, Loriann. Composition ... the eternal struggle!

Casey Klahn said...

Good link and fine pastel! The sky has tremendous attraction, here, too!

loriann signori said...

Thanks Celeste!
Glad you enjoyed the link.Paint on!

Hi Donna! Those diva are so hard to "control." I am never quite sure who is in charge!

Hi Casey!
I am glad you liked the link. I am crazy busy right now. I will be sure to stop by your site soon. It seems like you have been very busy as well. Thanks for making time to stop by my site. Till later,

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for the reminder about composition and about Painters Keys. It's a great source.

loriann signori said...

Hi Sam,
It is amazing how Robert Genn is!It's like getting a huge chocolate box full of all milk chocolate, no dark or white!