Wednesday, July 4, 2012



"Persons who forfeit responsibility are not free." There is a difference in truly needing help or simply forfeiting responsibility. Those who forfeit responsibility are enslaved by their own apathy. I choose freedom!

This is probably the simplest composition on the planet. I did vary the horizontal bands that look like a cropped version of the American flag. They aren't absolutely straight or the same width. Those slight variations and the scratching through the silver leaf add more textural interest to something that could look very static. (The paint was applied over a textured gesso base.)

It also helps to add a focal point with a contrast of line such as the word "freedom" as well as the quote written in spencerian. The final touch was charcoal powder brushed along most of the edges.

So whether you're composition is simple or still boils down to division of space, designing the corners, breaking up the surface tension, transparency, and lots of contrast of line, values, and color. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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