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DrawNPaint

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on: August 16, 2011, 06:39:34 PM
 :) Reaallly enjoyed your video on the Rule of Thirds! I've known about it from other art resources but now it sticks with me.  :clap: Also the point on having two Focal Points! Now that was new. I'd have to say it was the way it was explained in the video that makes it stick. If I remember right it was points 5 and 6, different techniques used to compose a painting and keeping the viewers eye in your painting. I've got to look at it again.

There is only one problem. Now I'm going to have to re-think all compositions of the artworks I've started. But isn't that a good thing? :yippee: I think to avoid this situation in the future it would be good on my part to always get the sketch pad out and do a drawing before starting with the paints. I thank you Paint Basket!
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Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 04:19:11 AM
 O0 You've given me a reminder to go back and review. There is so much information on this sight that it helps to go back and review now and again.
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Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 11:56:15 AM
isn't it great that you are now able to spot those mistakes.  :heeha:


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Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011, 12:43:48 PM
 O0
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Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 01:55:48 PM
Any one of the 4 intersections can be the main focal point depending  on your composition.   

A general rule is that if, say, the bottom right one is the main then either the bottom left or top left are ideal positions for the secondary (Smaller, less important) focal point. The one directly above it would be a bit distracting and also make the painting a bit lopsided.

This same rule would apply to whatever point you decide your main focal point would be on. Hope this is clear enough  :)
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Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 06:10:04 PM
Makes sense to me, just not sure how to actually go about painting it. Will have to go back and review.  :think:
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Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 08:32:53 PM
It's not the painting - it's the placing of the objects in the composition.
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Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011, 04:25:35 AM
hi Dennis.. I understand the placing of the objects, what I am unsure about is the method used to paint the 2 focal point. If you highlight the main focal point, do you also highlight the 2nd focal point albeit in a less obtrusive .....
 :think: I'm not explaining this very well at all. The 2nd focal point, you want to stand out from the background...but more subdued than the main focal point.  :confused: Am I all wet here?
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Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011, 12:28:04 PM
The secondary focal point should not be as prominent as the main focal point.
Maybe this watercolour painting of mine will explain it better.

The house is the main prominent focal point at the bottom left third and the tree is the lesser at the top right third.
The points do not have to be exactly on the thirds but near enough to balance out the picture as a whole.
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Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 02:37:19 PM
I think I see what's happening. The eye is immediately drawn to the cottage, and then drawn toward the tree. The eye is following the natural flow of the painting as you (the artist) meant it to be. Am I in tune?
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Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 03:53:13 PM
Hi Dennis and Val, Thanks for the extra explaination.  ;) I could have made the loopsided mistake and would have been trying to figure out what was wrong with it. 


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Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011, 05:51:05 PM
in the pdf handout that comes with the composition webinar, you an see an example of how you use the secondary focal points to direct the eye around the painting O0


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Reply #12 on: August 19, 2011, 02:00:40 AM
By Jove....I think I've got it  :clap:
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Reply #13 on: August 19, 2011, 01:05:22 PM
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Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 03:24:24 PM
Hi Nolan, Just wondering if this would be possible. Either a video, documentation or other form for explaining the terms or how each one works that can be used for setting up a painting structure.

In setting up a painting there are four that I know of :

1. Rule of Thirds - already in video.
2. Harmonic Porportions
3. Golden Rule
4. Cann't remember exactly the term for this one but you explained it in your video. It has to do with a circle that contains the lightest lights and around it are your darker colors. Focal point is just in side the circle.

That way artist's could have different options in one reference to view when beginning an artwork.

Just a thought that came across my mind.
 



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