Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Design is everything...

It is very important to plan your painting. Look for the pattern, the underlying design. Create unity by interlocking the shapes and linking colours. Cezanne said

Art is the harmony of many relationships...

and he certainly knew something about art. Some artists regard value as the most important element while others prefer to emphasize colour. But design is everything. It is the structure of the painting. Without a strong design you are setting yourself up to fail. Among the major principles of design, unity is probably the most important. Always consider the whole design and how the elements work together. Spend time planning to create a strong design.

waterlilies       Sold

By using a repetition of interlocking shapes and a limited colour scheme, there is a strong element of unity in this painting. Just a touch of red is enough to provide a warm colour contrast.

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