The Composition #1

Deciding on a composition can be challenging and frustrating.  In my view it’s also one of the fundamental pieces to creating a grounded work of art.

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.”

The Art of the Artist  – Composition – by Fletcher Martin

Tulips Composite 1B

Composite #1 CJM 5 x 7


Over the next weeks I will attempt to break down some of the elements that contribute to a strong composition.  I will also be sharing phases of a current painting that’s helping me explore this topic further.

To begin, I’ve gathered a couple of definitions from Webster’s Dictionary.

  • COMPOSITION – “The act or process of composing; specifically :  arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form.”
  • COMPOSITION – “The art or practice of so combining the parts of a work of art as to produce a harmonious whole.”

Composing a painting begins with the following for me :

  • Desire
  • What moves me in terms of subject
  • The materials/medium of choice

The above image is part of a current journey into the idea of composition and the many elements and meanings.  The desire in this piece is to explore deeper meaning and perhaps upset the idea of “order” that can be part of a strong composition.  Equally important for me is exploring the fact that a composition consists of many pieces, or what I like to call “composites”.

More to come next week!




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