Artist Painting Lesson Things to guard against
THE MECHANICAL CENTRE
That is to say, the actual centre. Draw a straight line from diagonal corners, and where they cross is the place to stay away from with any major element of your composition. Ornaments of equal size placed equally spaced along a shelf may look very nice in a home but that thinking has no place in a work of art. I often plot the centre and mark it when I first start to map out my composition, so I know where to avoid.
LINES ACROSS THE COMPOSITION
These divide the composition up and form visual barriers to the viewers eye, so that sub-consciously they are not encouraged to “walk” into the composition.
Horizontal lines are unavoidable but don’t allow them to span right across your work.
DETAIL TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE
So often it seems like detail is squashed by the edge of the canvas. Remember a frame is going on after you have finished. So don’t make it look crowded by the frame. Keep it simple.
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