Remember me telling you how I thought I should be focusing my attention on becoming a better artist? Since writing that blog post I have been examining composition and design and I must say I'm really enjoying the research.
Some years ago I had done some reading about composition but I don't think a lot of it stayed with me. What did stay with me I didn't consciously apply to any of my work ... if it was used it was more than likely not on purpose.
McLane Cove, 5" x 7" oil on gessoed watercolor paper,
© 2013 Nancy Van Blaricom
In my painting above I purposely tried to direct your attention to what I felt was the center of interest. I have some strong diagonals that draw you into the picture plane. At the same time encompass your interest by focusing on the significance of the clouds and the sky.
I like this painting much better in real life. I seem to have trouble getting my whites and blues to photograph well. And photoshop doesn't seem to help much.
- Do you consciously apply your design knowledge to your work
- Or is it second nature to you now?
- What about thumbnails ... do you try out a couple of different scenarios in pencil before you commit to a design?