Series Thirty-three: Steelyard Balance

Balance is about visual stability, a necessity to prevent our paintings from feeling topsy-turvy.  The steelyard balance, invented by the    Romans centuries ago, moves the vertical axis from the center to one side, providing the ability to balance heavy weights near the axis with lighter weights located further away from the axis.

The four lessons in this series explore how steelyard balance works and how using it creatively can enrich to our paintings.

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