"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." By Henri Matisse 1869-1954
A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man can not live without love.
- Max Muller
Composition - The act of organizing the elements of an artwork into a harmoniously unified whole.
"Waiting for Romance" is a beautiful reminder that everyone wants true love and romance.
Art jobs in my younger years included being a display manager for high quality retail stores. My work was to arranged merchandise in a way to attract customers to want to buy and be excited by what they see. I also worked with retail market buyers drawing their layout ads to show/instruct their company photographers how the merchandise was to be displayed for newspaper ads.
Now when I arrange still life for my paintings I see how my past experiences has benefited me.
Planning my painting composition takes one or two days to arrange, and to decide how I want everything to look. Color, lighting, theme, unity, harmony, variety, dominance, balance (asymmmetical or symetrical), and sizes of everything are taken into consideration. I also have to really like it!
Next I take pictures of my still life many times at different angles. I upload the photos on my computer to see if I like the way everything looks. Using the computer and camera gives me a different viewpoint angle of looking at everything. If I don’t like the way things look, I go back and change things up in my still life arrangement. Then I take lots photos again ( I do this many times). If I have to go to photoshop to crop or enlarge I do. Finally I print out my selected photo just for reference. I get everything exactly the way I want so I won’t run into problems later. After I do the under painting, I put the photo away and work from the still life only.
I see a lot of beautifully still life paintings from artists that show wonderful skills, but the composition is weak. It destroys the power of the painting.
Life has a really neat way of connecting everything from the past to the present.
Thank you for reading my blog,
Debra Snyder Heard