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ART PERSPECTIVES

...from the note pad of Shirley Reade

August 2008

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT & SHADOW

Playing light against shadow and dark values against light values is what gives your painting dimension. By controlling where the light falls and by careful blending of color values from lightest to darkest, you add depth and character.

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.

This 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 the geometric center point. Your own experience in looking at nature will tell you these two centers rarely meet.

Art Perspectives from Shirley Reade ©

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If you have a choice between two challenges, take the toughest…the one that will stretch you most.
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