Monday, July 23, 2012


($40.00.....5" x 5".....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)

"Priority means that not all things receive the same amount of space and attention." For most of us, priorities need to be "fine tuned" everyday. It is very easy to allow non essential things occupy our time. The same is true in art. It is very easy to allow non essential elements to occupy space. Non essentials need to be omitted completely.

To allow all of the colors in your artwork to occupy the same percentage of space equals boredom. Try making a black and white copy of your artwork and notice the range in comparison to the gray scale. If everything is almost white in your black and white copy, then you have a serious issue with not making your dark values dark enough or not having any dark values at all. If your piece is all medium to dark gray, then you have a problem with not including enough light values. This black and white copy will also tell you if you have any shapes in your piece. Even if you are working on an overall design for a background, in order to have a strong design, you must have a range of values from white to black. Failure to do so will lead to chaos and the viewer will look at your work for all of two seconds!

You should be able to see some strong shapes in your work from across the room. Just dabbing on color all over does not a painting make and it also does not make an interesting enough background. Remember that we are all bombarded with visuals every day. To have people view your artwork requires a careful attention to division of space, values, shapes, edges, corners, etc. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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