Thursday, 16 June 2011
I have written about the need for balance in paintings. Balance is a feeling of stability achieved through visual weight, attention or attraction of the elements of art. In this painting by American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Breezing Up (1876) Homer achieves balance for the foreground shape by the location of the smaller ship in the background. The larger ship in the foreground is close to the centre point of the painting. The smaller ship balances this shape because it is near the edge of the painting: it is in the distance. The small ship is isolated. These three locations have more visual weight than shapes closer to the centre and foreground. (H. Poore, Composition in Art)
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Posted by Arlene Babad, artist at 02:55