Series 33: STEELYARD BALANCE
This lesson is S33L3, Shifting with a Triangle of the STEELYARD BALANCE Series. Using has her reference a frozen pond surrounded by snow and a few trees, Dianne guides us through beginning at a steelyard vertical axis and balancing a topsy-turvy feeling by establishing a value contrast that suggests a triangular visual movement.
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.