The Composition #10

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #10 Line.  Perhaps one of the most obvious components of a composition but perhaps overlooked as to it’s potential power. A few definitions: LINE – a long, narrow mark or band. LINE […]

The Composition #9

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #9 Abstract art often relies heavily on shape and color in composition.  As details get stripped away other elements become more pronounced and sometimes less understood by the mind.  Abstractions after all […]

The Composition #7

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #7 Identifying “planes” can be helpful in determining the value scale in a painting.  This is most notably used in landscape painting but can be applied to the figure or a still life […]

The Composition #6

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #6 A grisaille and grisaille underpainting are similar to a value study in that they are monochromatic in color. Typically done in black and white or gray.  Throughout history they have been a […]

The Composition #5

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #5 Defining values in a composition can make or break your painting. They are an anchor and grounding component.  Values create form and give a painting structure. They also contribute to communicating space, […]

The Composition #4

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #4 One way to create a sense of space and depth in a composition is to identify the following areas:  Foreground, Middleground and Background.  This is a component of perspective that came […]

The Composition #3

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #3 Simplification of the subject can be a helpful tool in communicating through painting.   What does it mean to “simplify”?  A definition from Webster’s: SIMPLIFY – “to reduce to basic essentials ; to […]