Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Cut-Off Point

                                           Monhegan Lighthouse

The problem of where to cut off the parts of a structure can either bring the viewer's eye back into the composition or direct it off the page.  If, in the painting, I had chosen to depict the top part of the roof, it would have formed an arrow straight out of the painting.  Likewise the right part of the roof would have attracted too much attention if the whole rooftop had been squeezed into the composition.

.Also the little pine trees on the left are cut off in order to divide the sky and the lawn into more interesting shapes. 

I suggest that you think about cutting off parts of structures or natural elements to favor the shapes, lines and directions in your painting.

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