In my painting, Sailing Wind & Speed, I wanted to convey a sense of wind, speed and movement. I used edges of shapes to meet my goal. Initially the edges of the boat, mast and sails were all blurred to create the feeling of movement. My critique group felt I had achieved my objective but needed some harder edges in the mast, sails and boat to bring the boat forward in space. I carefully added some hard edges to the mast, sails and front of the boat. Since there are still blurred edges in these shapes, I feel my objective was not changed. The boat, sails and mast are a triangular shape but the shape’s direction is to the side from the base of the triangle. This composition results in an unstable shape. The shape contrasts with the brown triangular mountain in the background that rests on its stable base. I also created tension using the orange color (hue) of the boat and the complementary hue, the blue water. When I first painted this scene, I had 3 seated figures in the boat. I felt this did not enhance my goal of movement and placed 1 standing figure in the boat. I still kept the uneven number of figures; a better design element. The artist Winslow Homer was a master at creating boats in movement; see his above painting, A Fair Wind. I extended the white mast into the sky to tie the planes in my painting together.
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