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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Elements and Principles of Art in My Still Life Painting



I wanted to again consider my unfinished painting, Still Life and Pear. The dominant color temperature is cool. The dominant value is mid tone (gray scale). There are 4 positive shapes. Objects or figures in a field are positive shapes; grapes, pear, tomato in my painting. The surrounding fields are negative shapes; negative shapes are in the background (and foreground). Good paintings require different size shapes. In my painting, the single grape is small. The tomato is small to mid size. The pear and cluster of grapes are large. Harmony is also a principle of art. Harmony occurs when elements are the same or similar. The hue (color) of the pear and foreground are similar and harmonious. The forms and shapes of my positive objects are harmonious (spheres and circles respectively). When I first painted the background, it was a cool blue. I found this color too cool and intense. I dulled the background with a layer of muted orange paint. I discussed texture in a prior post. The muted blue violet background has depicted texture.

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