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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Santa Fe River

6x8 inches
acrylic on panel

Painter's Tip

Knowing where you want to go and how to get there in a painting requires knowledge of design and composition. Think of your composition as your plan for the painting, the structure and skeleton.

You must get the composition right in order to build a good painting. Think about major elements and where they should go. Where will you use design elements to lead the viewer through your painting?

Think about stopping places, hard and soft edges, atmospheric conditions, intervals, variation, and areas of interest. Knowing how best to place them in the composition will improve your painting.

I like to use one color to block in the composition. I step back and think about how I can improve it an then use a different color over the first one to make corrections.

Take your time and get the composition right before you get too busy with the painting.

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