Thursday, April 24, 2014

Getting Away From the Standard Rectanular Format

"Morning Serenade", 7 x 14, pastel on Canson Mi-
Teintes paper.
The standard rectangular composition is very popular especially for landscape paintings but something to think about in the planning stage of a painting is the elongated rectangular format. This shape painting fits well in difficult spaces around the house such as over a high dresser or small sections of wall where the standard format just doesn't look right. In composing this shape simply make your own view finder by cutting out an elongated shape on a piece of paper or mat board so that you can place it over your photo and more it around until a pleasing scene presents itself. Also try slanting the viewfinder for another interesting effect. Here are two other paintings I did in this shape format.

"Random Frieze With Dahlias", 10 x 26, pastel on Canson Mi-
teintes paper.

"Garden Intrigue", 9 x 25, pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

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