Saturday, April 14, 2012


Here's one more sketch.  This scene has been painted so often by local painters in Boothbay that it's referred to as Motif #1.

An often touted rule in painting and drawing is to use an odd number of objects (3, 5, 7) rather than an even number.  This is probably because an even number might create a balance that is too symmetrical, i.e., two on one side and two on the other.  Just remember that one side or section of your composition has to "win".  If both sides are equal, there will be no clear focal point. 

You can either see this composition as five buildings or three.The three buildings in the center are grouped as two against one.  The hints of the other two buildings make it three on one side and two on the other.

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