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Thursday, 13 January 2011

A Different Composition for My Still Life Painting






This is my new still life painting, Mixed Fruit. It is on 20.4 by 25.5 cm (8 by 10 inch) canvas. The second image highlights eye movement through the painting. Many still life paintings are serene and calm; I wanted to make my painting dynamic and exciting. A horizontal format is calm. I used a vertical format that suggests energy and strength. The berries are close to the picture plane and therefore animated. The eye movement through the painting is rapid. The similar shapes and hues (color) of the orange colored fruit ensure a quick movement through the painting. The viewer moves from the berries along the path of the orange fruit. The eye then moves to the banana and back to the berries. The eye moves again through the painting. The muted background provides a resting place for the viewer. The compositional structure is triangular. The focal point is the orange colored fruit at the top of the triangle. The top of a triangle has strong visual weight. Like many Asian paintings, my still life is hierarchal in format.

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