composition

Rules for Composition

  1. Every picture is a collection of units or items.
  2. Every unit has a given value.
  3. The value of a unit depends on its attraction, and its attraction varies according to placement.
  4. A unit near the edge has more attraction than the same unit at the middle.
  5. Every part of the…

How Much Do You Plan Your Paintings?

I recently read an article by a representational painter on another blog, in which the writer said that one should very carefully and thoroughly plan one's paintings.  My first thought was, "No waaaaay!"  That would take all the fun out the process of discovery that, for me at least, is a great deal of what painting is about.

How Do You Know When You’re Done with a Painting?

I was in a class several years ago in which another student complained about painting abstractly, because she didn't know where to stop.

Tips for Improving Your Paintings

Drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn | "Reclining Lion" | pen and paint brush | ca. 1650

Class notes from art camp classes with George Liebert and Dan Gustin, Oxbow, MI, summer 1991.

Make a list of verbs and adjectives about your own work.

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.

— Elbert Hubbard

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Composition #10 - 2013 -  Acrylic on panel -  9x12 inches -  © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Untitled 2015-026 - Oil on Canvas - 10 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-006) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn Blockhead -  Oil on Canvas - 8 x 8 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn