Adjusting the Composition


I’ve made some changes to the composition to keep your eye traveling around inside the painting. In the upside down photo posted a few days ago the strong diagonal lines and highlights on the leaves caused the viewers eye to be drawn off the picture plane in the upper left corner. By darkening the leaves near the upper left corner and darkening the purple/blue spaces between the leaves the composition seems to be working a bit better. I’m still planning to refine the composition as I develop the details. Sometimes the devil is in details, and can throw a very good painting off balance quickly. Constantly checking the painting upside down, sideways, and using a mirror to reverse the image are handy tricks I use to keep the composition flowing.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

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