Sunday, December 16, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
watercolor on paper
See my paintings HERE
Art Notes HERE
Checking Vertical and Horizontal Relationships of Objects in Paintings
When you are painting subjects from life,use a long stick. I use a dowel about 20 inches long. It's almost as accurate to use a pencil or a brush handle held in the fingers at arm's length between the subject and your eyes. For horizontal relationships, just hold the dowel horizontally, and you can see at what angle the edge of a ship's sail is in relation to the horizontal - 45 degrees, 90 degrees. etc. This is good when appearances can tend to be deceiving. Holding up the dowel and measuring widths, and heights in relationships to each other will really help you to see their comparisons as well as placing them accurately in the painting composition. They are often not at all the sizes that you assumed they were.