This year, however, I thought I would put some to use to talk about types of composition. There are two things I look at when I first see a painting...#1 What type of composition does it use....#2 Where is the focal point. Then usually I try to notice how the painter uses value and then hue to achieve both.
Composition?!? There are different types of composition?!? As a matter of fact, there are! Whether you're an art quilter or a traditional quilter, learning the types of composition will make your life easier when trying to come up with an original piece.
I pulled some days out of the year for some clear examples.
TRIANGLE - Psamanthe, Frederic Leighton, 1879 - (April 29th)
Circular - Autumn in America, Oneida County, New York, Albert Bierstadt (this isn't the best example but I liked this painting because I'm from Oneida County) (Sept 26)
Cross or Cruciform - Fleurs dans un Vase, Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1896 (Sept 9)
Balance Scales - A Winter's Day, Konstantin Ivan Gorbatov, 1934 (Jan 2/3)
Diagonal - The Voyage of Life: Old Age, Thomas Cole, 1842 (Aug 27/28)
See basic shapes lead to basic compositions which leads to great art. All in a basic calendar for under 20 bucks. I guess this falls under the category of ...it's the little things.
So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?
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Love this post! Thank you for sharing these examples of composition. I found it really interesting.
Fascinating! I guess that is why I do not consider myself an artist. I did not see the compositions until you pointed them out. Well, maybe the balance one. I am so right brain that everything has to balance. Equally. On all sides. that is why I like sampler quilts. At least the simple ones.
Hmmm...Where's "asymetrical"? The 'diagonal' comes closest. Just wondering!
What a fabulous use of a page a day calendar. Your examples of some composition styles were clear and a great reminder to not to neglect composition when I launch into the next project.
Hi Margaret - These aren't the only types of composition. I plan to do another post like this highlighting other ones - like asymmetrical - soon. Honestly, I try to keep my posts to a five minute read because that's how long I like to read a post - grin!
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