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Monday, 15 June 2009

Movement of the Eye Through the Painting

An artist moves viewers’ eyes through the painting; to the focal point and then viewers’ eyes continue through the painting. Paintings have an overall structure based on light and dark shapes (value shapes). There are different structures an artist might use, i.e. triangular, L shape. Diagonal lines and shapes can lead viewers into the painting. Cross contour lines or shapes which are interrupted by another shape and then continue, lead viewers. Similar art elements such as colour, lines, can lead viewers through a painting. After the viewer reaches the focal point, they continue to move and examine the painting. It is important to ensure the viewers’ eyes do not move out of the picture. There are a number of methods to achieve this goal.

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