($125.00.....6" x 6"....oils on a gessobord....floated on a linen mat in a custom frame.)
It doesn't matter whether or not a collage is being created or an oil painting with a palette...the principle remains that paintings are made up of shapes. In this piece, the shapes have many soft edges due to the subtle shift of values. Of course, the tree trunks helped create the divisions of space and consequently the shapes.
Normally, I like to work larger and then crop the image, but in this case, I had to work with a predetermined size. It them becomes necessary to think about all of the elements of the composition in advance. Taking photos will help with this kind of work so I have taken app. 1500 so far.
Photography is a great practice in your design thinking. And cropping the image on the computer before painting will assist in getting the composition right, especially when the option of cropping for the final painting is not possible. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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