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Day 24 Building a Daily Art Habit, How to put that composition information into Practice. Pt 2 Painting Grapes

Art Blog Building a daily art habit Fruit painting painting advice YouTube video

In Day 24 of building a daily art habit I  will talk you through how I fix the composition on this grape painting. 

Are all those different composition " rules" confusing you. Which ones do you use? Do you use more than one? How do you put them together in a painting?

All these questions I have asked myself in the past. I'm sure some of you find composition can be confusing to.

Rule of thirds, Golden mean, the power of triangles, Put movement into a painting or flow, eye magnets and focal points. 

Doing L compositions or circles, the unbalanced seesaw. Everyone seems to have different names for things which doesn't help either. 

Well in this video I finally started to get it. How to put that information together into a painting. 

I am finishing off those grapes today and I will show you a practical demonstration of my thought process in fixing this composition to make a better painting. 

So first of in any painting. What are you trying to say? What were you thinking? Where is you focal point? This is an effect, not a thing remember and it is a small part of the painting.

Where should you put that focal point? Well if you follow the rule of thirds or the golden mean you will know that the focal paint should be where those lines meet, towards the centre of the painting, but not in the centre. If you are in the western world then it's more natural for us to have that central focal point on the right as we read from left to right. Our eye naturally comes into a painting from the left and travels to the right. We can put that theory into practice to our advantage when we design our paintings.

But it's not all about the focal point. You should have other things of interest in the painting, just not as interesting as your focal point.

These are your eye magnets, there should be two. These two eye magnets and you focal point make up a triangle that will help lead your eye around the painting.  

Then you have other effects or lesser eye magnets that help you direct the viewer around the whole painting giving your painting a nice feel of movement. 

You want to be able to direct the eye in to the left of the painting carry on to your focal point, up around the top of the painting and then back down into the painting towards those other two eye magnets and then back to the focal point. You can do this with objects, or light and shadow. 

So the views eye is going around your painting in a kind of never ending circle that keeps their attention on your painting.

Just a quick tip about your light source. If your focal point is on the right you want your light source to be on the opposite side (aka the left) that way the eye has to travel the longest distance through the painting to get to the focal point.

Okay this is impossible to explain in words for me. I show you how I do this on the video. Hope that wasn't to confusing being a artist I'm more into the visual than the words. 

I think this could be the most important information I could share with you, if you can understand what I am trying to explain. It will be a game changer for taking your art to the next level. That's what I am anticipating for my own art now I have understood how to put this altogether. I'm not saying every painting I do from now on will be a masterpiece. I have a greater chance of it working with this understanding and if I get stuck on a painting not looking right, I can go through this process and work out what is wrong with it.  

I really hope this is helpful for you, but if I'm not making sense to you after watching my video go look up Stefan Baumann's talks on YouTube about composition and he may make sense to you. This is where I finally got my light bulb moment after several of his videos. 

Happy Painting!

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