Thursday, March 27, 2014

Directional Lines

When I took a painting to my gallery owners here in St. Louis the other day, their framer commented that the painting had a "wonderful verticality."  That got me thinking about the importance of directional lines in paintings.

In this painting, you can surely identify horizontal lines, which are restful, vertical lines, which are formal, and oblique lines which provide movement and energy.  In a painting of a quiet saltwater cove, I didn't need many oblique lines.  The peace and quiet are conveyed primarily through horizontal and vertical lines,  (The energy is provided more from the colors than the lines.) 
When trying to portray a feeling, it is worthwhile to consider line as a major component. 

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