Saturday, May 23, 2009


In creating art, the spirit of balance is best exemplified by the concept of composition, the arragement of elements in the space within the borders of the paper. Every mark changes everything. One must learn to be mindful of the whole picture when composing a painting.

Some artist begin each painting by "blocking." Think of your painting as a big jigsaw puzzle, then block in all your major shapes. If it looks right, chances are good that your painting will work. Once the major shapes are taken care of, the little pieces will fall into place.

Blocking is probably what Paul Gauguin meant when he referred to being "plastic" with painting shapes.

The Wave
Paul Gauguin

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