Series 14: Orchestrating Visual Paths
S14 L3 Circular Paths – DVDIn this lesson, S14L3 Circular Paths of the ORCHESTRATING VISUAL PATHS series, using as her subject an old tree, Dianne demonstrates how we can use color to guide the eye in a circular direction even though the subject’s shape suggests an L Path. The O or Circular Path principle is often used in combination with other visual paths. A visual path is a tool for leading the way through a composition, keeping the attention within the work. Among ways we create these paths are placement or repetition of images, the colors we select, and with value contrasts or the direction of strong linear elements. Often these paths are found in the subject matter, ready for us to use or even exploit–and if not, we create them.
Among Dianne’s passions about painting and teaching painting is how composing principles can expand creative freedom if the artist transcends the “rule” idea and instead, transforms the principle into a tool that opens creative doors. Exploring creative ways to use visual paths is one portal for doing just that.A delightful example of how Richard Schmid uses color to create a circular path is found in hi still life painting, Orange Pansies. Also, take a look at how Qiang Huang uses a low intensity yellow as a circular path in his still life Demo at Houma. Also see how Dianne uses blue as a circular path in her painting, Light Games.