Center of interest

May 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The center of interest is over-rated. However, even though minimalist and a lot of current design motifs down-play the center of interest, it should probably not be ignored. For maximum impact, and we do want to make an impact somewhere, the center of interest can easily be achieved with compositional ploys or accents. Making one part of the painting slowly draw you in is an art. You need to create a path, give clues, guide the eye and make a pitch with the brush, until the viewer gets it. Aha! This is the point! This is it!

For compositional purposes I have created some basic grid transparencies. The thirds gives us an idea of keeping the important areas of the painting on the intersecting four points. The quarter grid gives us an idea of the location for a center of interest. It is a simplified Golden Mean. Overlaying the composition will give us information. Hopefully, yes, this is the area where we want to finally lead the viewer.

WARMER STILL LIFE WITH CANSWARMER STILL LIFE WITH CANSThe warmer of the two still life's with cans

 


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