S5 L4 Creating Focal Points with Atmosphere
In this lesson, S5L4 Creating Focal Points with Atmosphere, Dianne demonstrates another way to stretch your creativity by using a principle unconventionally. Playing on the idea that a focal point–the first place our eyes land on a painting–is created (among other ways) with contrasts, sharp edges, and more brilliant hues, she shows how we can use the creation of atmosphere around the focal point so as to bring our eyes to it. The term aerial perspective often causes eyes to glaze over, but when we get to know its properties and break away from its traditional use, we can find many ways to give our paintings a fresh, new interpretation. Here we experiement with atmosphere. As Dianne says, “we are actually transposing rather than translating.” In this lesson she shows yet another way to use a principle to create with rather than to try to follow. To see examples of other where other artists have used atmospheric perspective similar to this, see Stephen Lee Adams’ Light at Midday and Richard Schmid’s Nancy in the Forest.