Series 28: USING ALTERNATION
Alternating Warm & Cool- S28L1
This lesson is S28L1, Alternating Warm & Cool of the USING ALTERNATION series. Using as her subject a simple curved road, Dianne shows how we take a subject without much content and give it visual content by alternating warm and cool, creating more interest and intrigue. This composing tool is especially useful when painting subjects lacking a lot of imagery or visual contrasts.
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.