Series 14: Orchestrating Visual Paths
S14 L1 Color as Soloist- DownloadIn this lesson, S14L1 Color as Soloist of the ORCHESTRATING VISUAL PATHS series, using as her subject an old aqueduct, Dianne locates three identifiable colors and built-in U visual path. She does a study in which she selects one of those colors to act as “soloist” to keep the eye moving throughout the piece. A visual path is a tool for leading the way through a composition, keeping the attention within the work. Among ways we create these paths are placement or repetition of images, the colors we select, and with value contrasts or the direction of strong linear elements. Often these paths are found in the subject matter, ready for us to use or even exploit–and if not, we create 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. Exploring creative ways to use visual paths is one portal for doing just that.From among today’s active painters, Lori Putnam stands out as being adroit at using this principle. Take a look at how she uses blue as “soloist” in her painting, Up She Rises. See how Dianne uses blue as “soloist” in her painting, Light Games .