($40.00......6" x 6"....300 lb HP mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)
Layering affords the artist an opportunity to choose what to reveal and what to conceal. The size of a design element also comes into play. That's why I've become so fascinated with laying down old text pages. The letters are small in size, but also give the viewer extra little things to view as they get closer to the piece. And then the artist can choose to include an entire segment of the text or hide most of it with overlays of rice paper.
The three things that do stand out by their strong value and larger size become the central focus. Also, placing a design element over white or a tinted area also affect its prominence in the piece. In this piece there are various sizes of text placed on a black background with the quote occupying the largest shape and the flourish and capital "D" overlaying text and tinted papers on smaller shapes.
This hierarchy of placement within the context of size is an important one. Including a flourish and expressive lettering also helps to provide contrast with the edges in the piece. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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