Series 28: USING ALTERNATION
Alternating Brushstrokes- S28L4
This lesson is S28L4, Alternating Brushstrokes of the USING ALTERNATION series. Using a subject with a simple arrangement of shapes, Dianne walks us through a process of alternating the direction of our brushstrokes in order to add vitality to our compositions. She brings to our awareness that the way we manage the movement of our brushstrokes can enliven or flatten the feeling of our paintings.
In visual composing, alternation means a sequence of repeated changes. The two things alternating often are contrasted elements or technical maneuvers. We use alternation to create a dynamic movement throughout our paintings. This series explores four types of alternating most commonly used by master painters.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different concept for dealing with the principle of alternating. Lessons Three is built on the study done in Lesson Two. Lessons One and Four are independent studies. If mastered, these four concepts can help any artist add a dynamic rhythm to their work.