July 12, 2013
I'm up to 9 topics on composition. I wonder how long I can on about this.
It's helping me put more time into the planning process of designing what to paint. I remember one teacher who maintains you should do 7 or 8 thumbnails, then pick the best one.
Correction from yesterday: Value Viewer is the name of the app I suggested. It is for the iphone, but might be available for others. I don't know about that part.
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/carol-josefiak-3555 - The name of the painting is of course, "FIESTA"
I have always loved Fiesta Ware and finally gave in and bought some because it was on sale at Kohl's and using the Senior discount who could resist such a find and now I even have a new subject with lots of colors. I got a set for 8. At my age, it is the last thing I need, but what a bargain and best of all, a subject for paintings. Great rational.
So now I have a subject, what about composition?
Using my Value Viewer I kept rearranging, then added the fabric until I got a dark shape that created a path through the painting. ( one of those armatures and a strong dark shape including the shadow side of the cups)
I watched Carol Marine's ArtByte on Composition that is available at Daily Paintworks for a reasonable price and once it is in your library you can watch it over and over.
The book she recommends is called The Simple Secret of Better Painting.
I posted more things about composition, tips and books on my Boards, the first three shown under my name. The link is shown below. I hope you create your own boards that show strong compositions. It has helped me to do it.