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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Convey Your Painting's Goal with Art Elements



You see a scene or image that you want to paint, why do want to paint it? Was it the colors in a landscape; the gestural pose of a figure?  Decide what you want to convey and consider the elements of art to meet your objective. In my above painting, Baseball Catcher, I wanted to convey the skill and agility of the catcher. I determined my focal point and items to leave in or remove from my work. My format is square and I did a close crop of the 2 figures. I left out the batter and the background crowd. The background is 3 simple shapes. The umpire is painted in dark values (gray scale, light, dark) and muted hues (intensity, colors). The catcher has light and dark values. The catcher’s warm browns and cool green uniform create temperature contrast. The location of the catcher on the support follows the rule of thirds (1/3 from the right side).

This is a digital painting using traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).

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