Series 33: STEELYARD BALANCE
This lesson is S33L2, Emphasis on the Assigning Visual Weight of the STEELYARD BALANCE Series. Continuing with her study from Lesson One of this Series, Dianne places attention on the variety of things that add visual weight to a composition. She chooses images from the subject, but shifts them to new locations to adjust the balance while adding interest to the overall study.
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.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using a composing principle. Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.