MERGING SHAPES-1 – Simplify with Value Fields – Download

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Using as her reference a kid riding a bike on a dirt road surrounded by woods, weeds and bushes, Dianne shows a method for simplifying everything into two value fields, then within those fields keeping value contrasts close.  This visually merges disparate images.

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Series 40: MERGING SHAPES

Simplify with Value Shapes – S40L1

DownloadSimplify with value fields

 This lesson is S40L1, Simplify with Value Fields of the MERGING SHAPES Series.   Using as her reference a kid riding a bike on a dirt road surrounded by woods, weeds and bushes, Dianne shows a method for simplifying everything into two value fields, then within those fields keeping value contrasts close.  This visually merges disparate images.

Regardless of our intention when doing a painting, giving priority to how it is composed will add strength to the entire work.  One way we can do that is to control how each image belongs to the rest of the painting.  For example, rather than defining each shape independently, we can give unity and order to our compositions by finding ways to merge shapes.
The four lessons in this Series explores ways to do that.

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 Rather than becoming refined paintings, all these lessons are studies, each showing a different approach for using a composing principle.  Dianne’s approach to teaching is to show you ways to think about making choices and decisions so that you can work these into your own unique approach to painting.

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With every brushstroke we make, we are composing.  Just as with any creation, we begin with a structure, then as the art work begins we place shapes and colors according the concept with which we are working.  But the time comes when we move to a different level of thinking and decision-making–that moment when our intention becomes to bring clarity and resolution to the work.

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.

Read Dianne’s Compose blog posts HERE.  Visit Dianne’s website and example her work HERE.  And visit her YouTube Channel with dozens of Quick Tips HERE.

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