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Beginning with her study from Lesson 2 of this Series, Dianne shows how we can create rhythm and vitality in our work by alternating the character of textures.  In this study, she alternates between smooth and active.  This approach is especially useful with  a subject replete with busy textures throughout.

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Series 28: USING ALTERNATION

Textures Taking Turns- S28L3

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banner_site_brighten_your_dayThis lesson is S28L3, Textures Taking Turns of the USING ALTERNATION series.  Beginning with her study from Lesson 2 of this Series, Dianne shows how we can create rhythm and vitality in our work by alternating the character of textures.  In this study, she alternates between smooth and active.  This approach is especially useful with  a subject in which we find busy textures throughout.

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.

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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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