The other day I was looking at the pieces of art that I had not completed the last year. No matter how hard I worked on them, they were either uninteresting or just not working out. I was getting really frustrated. Then I realized that in nearly all the cases it was my composition, in particular my design that was the problem.
So I decided to look at my reference photos from a design perspective, rather than "Gee, I really like this shot. I bet it would make a great painting"
Here is the photo that I will be looking at critically from a design view.
What I Like about this:
- I love the textures, shapes and colours in the foreground rocks.
- The ocean
- Trees in the background
What I don't Like:
- Too many rocks in the water
- The mid-ground hills are too symmetrical
- There is some depth from back to front but not enough
- The shape of the water is too symmetrical and harsh.
So what am I going to do ? What would you do ? Stayed tuned to the next post to find out. If you see anything that you would like to add to the 2 sections above feel free to add your comments.