In this lesson, S13L3 Focus with Value of the CREATIVE FOCAL POINTS series, using as her subject a lighthouse on a beach, Dianne illustrates how to change the area of emphasis by reinterpreting the overall value relationship to create a new focal point. In a study, she takes you step by step towards exploring yet another option for shifting a subject’s focal point from one place to another. .
There are several ways to create focal points. Isolation, converging lines, contrasts, directional viewing, an image different from surrounding ones and placement are among the most common. But focal points are methods, not a must and when one exists in a subject, it might not be where we’d like it to be. This series explores four creative ways to change a focal point from its obvious location to another place as well as how to create a focal point where none exists. 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. Focal points (points of emphasis) have been used for centuries in painting, but the masters used adroit methods for creating them, not some standard formula. Dianne’s intention is to reinforce this idea.Among contemporary paintings in which this principle is adroitly used, check out Lori Putnam’s paintings. See how Dianne makes a use of the principle among painting Drink at the Chestatee’s Edge in her Earth and Water Gallery.