The word, “Summer” conjures up a myriad of thoughts, ideas, feelings.
It might evoke thoughts of ……
By gone days.
Picnics in the past, spent under a shady tree while the warm breeze rustles the sun dappled leaves. Or in the cool peaceful breeze of the patio.
For the under 20’s perhaps Summer brings the more ‘urgent and now’ feelings of where to go, Right Now!
Perhaps water skiing around a 15 mile island in the bracing waters off the Canadian shores,
or for some the challenge of hiking in the Cascades or Rockies is a great Summer pastime.
But if you’re in the midst of winter, as we are in the Southern Hemisphere, then Summer might just be a tantalizing lure.
As artists, to paint Summer scenes with authenticity, we need to fully immerse ourselves in that place. To be in that moment. So that the viewer, might also feel the Summer warmth shine upon them as well.
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.