Selecting & Placing-4: Hidden Compositions


Using as her subject a road through woods, Dianne demonstrates finding several compositions in one scene, then chooses one for a study where she searches for the inherent visual path.

Series 16:  Selecting & Placing

S16 L4 Hidden Compositions- Download

[typography font="Cantarell" size="24" size_format="px"]You might also enjoy S17L1, Let the Painting Guide, a lesson that takes the study from this lesson to a resolved painting.[/typography] 

Sometimes we might be so overwhelmed with an overall scene that we miss the many little hidden compositions it contains.

hidden compositions

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]In this lesson, S16L4  Hidden Compositions of the SELECTING & PLACING series, using as her subject a road through the woods, Dianne demonstrates how to find several compositions in one scene, then chooses one for doing a study where she searches for the inherent visual path.

We can use the rule of thirds grid to find hidden compositions. By aligning the vertical and/or horizontal lines with corresponding ones within the scene, surprising discoveries appear.  And we can find areas of interest within which we align with the intersections of the grid.  Sometimes we can do all of that.  Chances are, though, when we search using these methods, we will find hidden compositions are are already aesthetically balanced.[/typography]

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]  Selecting and placing are our first acts of creating. Selecting comes first and begins when something captures our attention and calls to be made a subject of painting. Some call this inspiration. For others, it’s called noticing or paying attention.
Placing comes next when we begin to make decisions about how to align images for the most pleasing balance. This series addresses creative ways to make selections and place 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.  Selecting and placing according to rabatment and “rule” of thirds are among other portals towards this goal.


[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”] You can find Dianne’s Quick Tip showing how to build a rule of thirds viewfinder is HERE.  Read Dianne’s Empty Easel article  HERE.  An example of how Dianne has used rule of thirds alignment is found in her painting, Dancing Light. [/typography]

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