Series 14: Orchestrating Visual Paths
S14 L2 L Path Unity – DownloadIn this lesson, S14L2 L Path Unity of the ORCHESTRATING VISUAL PATHS series, using as her subject a river section, Dianne demonstrates how to unify with the L Path principle by adjusting value relationships within the rectangle of the L and emphasizing the L shape of the total composition. 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.Historical examples of the L Path are found among some of the Hudson River painters, like Thomas Cole’s, The Oxbow. Also, take a look at how Richard Schmid utilizes the L Path in his painting, Diana’s Maple and see how Dianne uses the principle in her painting, Soque at Pitt’s Park.