Series 16: Selecting & Placing
S16 L1 Magic of Rabatment- Download
Images we select and the way we place them creates the underlying balance of our work. Since we work mostly in rectangles of varying proportions, both rabatment and the rule of thirds are excellent guides for placement because both are related to the golden mean.
In this lesson, S16L1 Magic of Rabatment of the SELECTING & PLACING series, using as her subject a shepherd herding sheep, Dianne demonstrates how to use the rabatment principle for placing balanced images.
On each long side of a rectangle there is an implied square, the height of the rectangle and extending that same measure along the longer side of the rectangle. The imagined line going through the rectangle to form that square is the rabatment. Naturally, every rectangle has two rabatments.
Placing comes next when we begin to make decisions about how to align images for the most pleasing balance. This series addresses creative ways to make selections and place 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. Selecting and placing according to rabatment and “rule” of thirds are among other portals towards this goal.You can find Dianne’s Quick Tip on how to build a “rule of thirds” grid HERE. Her Quick Tip showing how to build a rabatment viewfinder is HERE. Read Dianne’s Empty Easel article HERE.