Friday, February 08, 2008
Linda Blondheim Art Studio
oil on panel
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Edge Control in your paintings
A found edge gives momentum.
Hard edges block the eye from moving into adjacent spaces.
They can effectively move the viewers eyes through a painting.
Soft and lost edges allow the viewer to move freely between sections of the painting.
Varied edges create interest in the painting.
Edges can be external or internal, with external defining the outside shapes and internal defining folds or patterns in an object.
Color and pattern can be spilled over edges, connecting and relating the two forms
The biggest problem I see for beginning landscape painters is a lack of variety in their edge work. It is either all loose and messy or all tight and hard. It's really important to understand that the eyes see soft edge work in the distance and more refined edgework where they are focusing. Your edgework directs the viewer to important areas of the painting. Remember that the viewer will never see the scene you are painting. It is the painters job to direct them through the painting in a pleasing way.