Series 33: STEELYARD BALANCE
Facing Outward – S33L4 Download
This lesson is S33L4, Facing Outward of the STEELYARD BALANCE Series. Using has her reference cows in a pasture, Dianne guides us through a study that uses images facing outward to create balance. The exercise demonstrates that any image facing the outer edges of a painting gives weight to that side of the piece.
Balance is about visual stability, a necessity to prevent our paintings from feeling topsy-turvy. The steelyard balance, invented by the Romans centuries ago, moves the vertical axis from the center to one side, providing the ability to balance heavy weights near the axis with lighter weights located further away from the axis.
The four lessons in this series explore how steelyard balance works and how using it creatively can enrich to our paintings.
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.