Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Silhouette and Interlocking Shapes

An accurate silhouette can eliminate the need for details in the interior.  Additionally, if the silhouette is an interesting shape, it will interlock with the negative space and create more interesting shapes there.

Trace your finger along the edge of the tugboat shape and you will see that it avoids straight lines and static shapes.  Circles, rectangles and triangles don't interlock with the background and become boring shapes that create more boring shapes.

Also the shape of the tug is extended into the reflection in the water. 

Most of my value studies also concentrate on a silhouetted shape of some sort. 


  1. I am not an artist, but came across your watercolor paintings and they are absolutely beautiful and romantic!! Come out west to the high country sometime, I'd love to see the contrast in east and western mountains. (Idaho)

  2. Thank you so much for your encouragement! I would love to come out west; just can't figure out how to do it. I go to Maine all summer, and a long trip west in early May or late October seems iffy. Still....would like to see western landscapes!