They just tell the story better, create better depth, more interest to the paintings.
Soft edges that blur off provide the viewer with a sense of calm, serenity, welcome, gentleness.
These edges “invite” us in.
Hard, crisp, sharp edges act as barriers and walls. Keeping us rigidly ‘out.’
Keeping us restrained and in place. Defined…. and in the box.
Use your Edges well. Place them as if they were in your home; and you want your visitors in the allowed rooms, to feel welcome.
Direction, line movement another.
Horizontal line directionals convey calm ‘restfulness.’
Vertical movement in the painting will express a more energetic, assertive vibe.
The diagonal line is the most active. This expresses the most ‘wildness’ of the three.
A jagged diagonal conveys dynamic energy, unrestrained.
Typically a balance of the 3 is a great design technique.
There is also a circular directional movement you can employ, it is trickier. But it can certainly impact the viewers’ responses. Taking them around and inward, probing in, and leading into the image. Its another tool for the artist to think about!
Materials and Tools used also play a role.
The Palette Knife, as I used it in the Feature floral bouquet image, has created quite an abrupt sharpness to the painting.
Brisk. Now! A Demand is being placed upon the viewers’ eyes with each stroke of the knife.
What do we want our Audience, our Viewers to…. feel ?
That’s the question we need to ask before we begin our paintings.
A similar floral bouquet to the featured painting; this is also high key.
But the shouting and stridency of the featured painting is not in this last one.