Composition II

Dynamic symmetry and more complex compositions.

Last time I promised to talk more about the composition in art. By the way, did you know that the art compositions influence the way the movies are constructed as well as the way photos are taken? Composition in art is a complex subject that makes for an interesting study. There are several books that you may find interesting;

Lets look at some of the rules:

Rule of Thirds:

We talked about this in the last blog.

Rule of Odds:

It is known that we feel more comfortable with odd numbers than we do with one or even numbers. Even numbers can create tension and a competitive feeling, while odd numbers create balance and more harmony.

The harmony and balance is not only about even or odd number of objects, but very much about how you place them or group them on your canvas. Make sure you know which object/figure is the focal point and place the others to support it. Grouping several objects/figures together is viewed as one object/figure (visual weight).

Rules of Geometry and Symmetry:

Connecting the shapes within a triangle is another way to keep the viewer within the painting, as well as keeping your composition much more exciting and dynamic than placing them in squares or rectangles.

Rules of Dynamic Symmetry:

We know that diagonal lines make us feel more energized and excited while circles have a calming effect. Using this simple geometrical diagram, either vertically or horizontally, can help you make the right composition placement.

It is one of my favourites!

Complicated? Don’t worry, most of us do this intuitively. Stick to the Rules of Thirds and you will be fine. You will always have my helping hand if needed.

Lets look at some fine art from you, created in the studio:

Jana Vodesil-Baruffi