Unity, balance and movement are the basis of a carefully composed painting. A range of artistic decisions proceeds first from the identification of a focal point. Then, the artist may employ a range of contrasts between light and dark to find a rhythm that supplies a unique energy to the artwork. Used effectively, elements of composition provide a structure that leads the viewer's eye in a particular way for a variety of different effects. "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh is an excellent example of extraordinary composition. The parts of the composition may feel as if they belong together. Or they may be purposely disjointed. A symmetrical arrangement may add a sense of calm. Whereas an asymmetrical arrangement may create a sense of unease. By adjusting the arrangement of the objects, the artist can create a sense of motion or still life. Patterns establish an underlying structure of basic lines and shapes. Proportion is the way in which things fit together, big and small, nearby and distant. Each of these components may be used in varying degrees to create the intended effect.
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Episode #504 / Length: 26 minutes
- Sunday, January 21st at 8:30 AM on KLRU Q