Wednesday, April 18, 2012


($60.00......6" x 6".....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)

"Stability is the capacity to set your mind on that which is immovable and unchanging." This quote is an obvious reference to God. We all realize that life can sometimes feel like shifting sand beneath us, but there is a power higher than us who is immovable and unchanging. The white lettering is the Spanish translation of Philippians 1:6.

Creating a focal point in a piece can often seem like a difficult task especially in a piece with strong color in the first layer. To be honest, the first layer could have been the end of the piece and simply been categorized as a contemporary piece of artwork. However, most people desire to have a bit more complexity without going into visual overload.

By selecting an image with some intricate ironwork printed in black on transparent tissue paper (gampi), I immediately created a focal point. The transparency completely integrates it into the piece. This bit of collage also became the nucleus for the placement of the lettering with some of the tiny white lettering overlapping the image. And finally, the black letting is a nice stabilizing factor to all of the moving diagonal bands of color.

Just as a rule of thumb....the following things describe a focal point which should help in creating one. First of all, it is an area of the piece that contains more detail than any other area. It also contains the lightest light and darkest dark. Third, it contains the most vivid pure color compared to the surrounding areas. It can also contain more texture...whether simulated or real. Last, it contains more line work that leads the viewer's eye to the focal point.

These are only guidelines, but it really does help to think these things through when creating your masterpiece. Just a few more things to think about.

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