Saturday, June 19, 2010

Quick Study of a White Mare

For my last class with the seniors we painted horses. It is the right time of year to be thinking Western. I brought in photos of the horses from the Lauder Ranch and each member chose one to paint, they did brown, blonde and white horses, everyones was different. In just over an hour they all were wonderful paintings. Shows how much their skills have developed. The idea we had for Jane turned out so well I decided to paint it myself.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Seniors Art Enrichment Program

Today was the last day at the Manor for Painting. With the stampede coming up I decided that a good challenge of western artwork would see them thru the summer. So I photographed horses and each member chose one to paint, The paintings were magnificient! Bravo! Well Done, I will need to get photos onto the site to prove it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What Can I Say

"Centre of Attention"
This painting breaks all the rules, but it was intentional that the artist rendered the artwork as it is.

There are numerous approaches or "compositional techniques" to achieving a sense of unity within an artwork, depending on the goals of the artist. For example, a work of art is said to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye if the elements within the work are arranged in a balanced compositional way.[1] However, there are artists such as Salvador Dali whose sole aim is to disrupt traditional composition and challenge the viewer to rethink balance and design elements within art works.
Conventional composition can be achieved by utilizing a number of techniques:
[edit]Rule of thirds
Main article: Rule of thirds
The rule of thirds is a guideline commonly followed by visual artists. The objective is to stop the subject(s) and areas of interest (such as the horizon) from bisecting the image, by placing them near one of the lines that would divide the image into three equal columns and rows, ideally near the intersection of those lines.

Rule of thirds: Note how the horizon falls close to the bottom grid line, and how the dark areas are in the left third, the overexposed in the right third.
[edit]Rule of odds
The "rule of odds" states that by framing the object of interest in an artwork with an even number of surrounding objects, it becomes more comforting to the eye, thus creates a feeling of ease and pleasure.[citation needed] It is based on the assumption that humans tend to find visual images that reflect their own preferences/wishes in life more pleasing and attractive.
An image of a person surrounded/framed by two other persons, for instance, where the person in the center is the object of interest in that image/artwork, is more likely to be perceived as friendly and comforting by the viewer, than an image of a single person with no significant surroundings.