Series 28: USING ALTERNATION
Shifting Spaces- S28L2
This lesson is S28L2, Shifting Spaces of the USING ALTERNATION series. Using as her subject a mountain creek surrounded by trees, Dianne demonstrates how we can mentally shift positive space into negative for focusing our attention on alternating spaces between positive shapes. As she moves throughout the lesson, we see how awareness of alternating the space size between images can create a more dynamic rhythm throughout a painting.
In visual composing, alternation means a sequence of repeated changes. The two things alternating often are contrasted elements or technical maneuvers. We use alternation to create a dynamic movement throughout our paintings. This series explores four types of alternating most commonly used by master painters.
Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different concept for dealing with the principle of alternating. Lessons Three is built on the study done in Lesson Two. Lessons One and Four are independent studies. If mastered, these four concepts can help any artist add a dynamic rhythm to their work.