...from the note pad of Shirley Reade
THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT & SHADOW
against shadow and dark values against light values
gives your painting dimension. By
controlling where the light falls and by careful blending
of color values from lightest to darkest, you add depth
DIVIDE AND CONQUER YOUR CANVAS
If you’ve decided
to paint a landscape, place the horizon line above or
below the center of the canvas.
By giving more emphases to either the sky or the land,
you steer the viewer toward the theme of the painting.
Equal spacing of sky and land gives equal credence to
both elements, which is rarely the case in nature.
is one of the most important rules of composition,
particularly in representational painting; do not place
objects directly in the center of your canvas. Each
painting has a visual center of interest apart from
center point. Your own experience in looking at nature
will tell you these two centers rarely meet.
Art Perspectives from Shirley Reade ©
If you have
a choice between two challenges, take the toughest…the
one that will stretch you most.