Saturday, July 6, 2013

Compositon #4

July 6, 20013

I keep dreaming up new uses for Pinterest.  If you use it you will know what I'm talking about here.  I started a Board devoted to Composition today.  If you've read my past blogs, you will know it is something I want to strengthen in my paintings.  It would be nice if other people could add it this board, but as far as I know, you can't do that.  You could start your own board though and I will follow yours.   
So today I'm concentrating on the "S" armature and I pinned quite a few paintings by artists that I admire with the "S" Armature in their compositions.  I also included the only other one of mine using it.  I re-pinned some other things about composition on that board. There are some drawings about composition by Edgar Payne that are really helpful.  And, of course, lots by Ian Roberts. 
Think big, do a board for each armature, wish I had thought of that sooner. 
The "S" armature?

This is a subject I should stay with for awhile.  It's really made me look at my own paintings thinking only about composition.

Page 19 in Ian Robert's book is about the "S"  armature.  When I looked back at my own paintings I could only find two.  What does that say?   If you follow a path from the bottom, along the turnips, then vertical line to top it does create a loose S shape. 


  1. What a great idea! Once I figure out how to do Pinterest I will follow you.

  2. I like the "S" composition, and I really like your treatment of the reflections and transparency of the little bottle.

  3. I really appreciate your comment.