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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Trees at Rabbit Hill Farm

12x16 inches
oil on panel

Painter's Tip

Center of Interest

Here are some ways that you can lead the viewer to an area of interest or focal point in your painting.

More texture or brushwork

More intensity of color

Stronger values and contrast
Sharper edgework

More detail in that area of the painting

Use of paths leading to the subject of interest

You are trying to build a sign that says look here in the painting, so remember that the center of interest is the star of your production. Everything else in the painting has to play second or third.

It is not always necessary that there be a center of interest but when there is, Make it the star of the show.

Figures, animals and architecture almost always command attention.

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