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Composition In Art The Rule Of Thirds

February 13th, 2021

Composition In Art The Rule Of Thirds

All good art has to be designed and composed well. Which takes quite a while, loads of patience and several thumbnail iterations before embarking on splashing the paint on to the canvas.

It took me a while to grasp the nuances of composition. To make it easy to grasp. I have utilized a painting of mine, the “Glittering Mallows", a watercolour painting 14” X 18”on 140Ibs Arches paper.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/composition-in-art-1.html

Eye Magnets.

June 25th, 2020

Eye Magnets.

EYE MAGNETS.

Posted on 5/25/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

We have seen on the previous blogs how artists use various tools like values, colours, etc. to guide the viewers eyes around the paintings, particularly to the focal area.
One of the items that acts as an eye magnet is a man made object. Examples include buildings, boats, bridges, cars etc. Also living things like animals and humans command our attention. In the example below, I am painting a scene in the beautiful Jasper National Park. Our eyes instead of admiring the majestic mountains and the Athabasca river, gravitated to the artist.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/eye-magnets.jpg

The Concept Of Value Contrast

June 21st, 2020

The Concept Of Value Contrast

THE CONCEPT OF VALUE CONTRAST
Posted on 4/27/2018 by Mohamed HirjiOn the previous posts, I havediscussed where the artists place the focal spot and why. In this blog, I wish to relate the concept of contrast to grab the viewers attentionto the focal spot. The foremost of these principles is the value contrast. In art, value means the lightness or darkness of a tone, where black would be the darkest value, white the lightest value and the value halfway between these two extremes, the middle grey value and several in between.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/concept-of-value-contrast-.pdf

The Concept Of Edges.

June 21st, 2020

The Concept Of Edges.

THE CONCEPT OF EDGES.

Posted on 5/10/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

Previously we looked at the value and colour contrast to direct the viewer's attention to the focal area. Today we will discuss how edges also accomplish the same purpose. The human eye, when it looks at an object, the image of that object falls on the fovea or the yellow spot on the retina. The fovea is the most sensitive area of the eye as regards to perception of colour and detail. Therefore the image is most detailed and sharpest at the fovea. At the periphery of the fovea, the image gradually gets blurred with the blurring increasing as the distance from the fovea increases.

The Concept Of Colour Contrast

June 21st, 2020

The Concept Of Colour Contrast

THE CONCEPT OF COLOUR CONTRAST

Posted on 5/3/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

In my previous communication, I discussed the concept of value contrast in attracting the viewer's eyes to the focal spot. Another strategy employed by the artist to accomplish the same purpose is the use of colour contrast.

Rad more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/concept-of-colour-contrast.pdf

Competing Focal Spots

June 21st, 2020

Competing Focal Spots

COMPETING FOCAL SPOTS: Posted on 4/16/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

The aim of every artist is to grab the attention of the viewer and direct it to the one object thatattracted the artist to paint the scene. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, the artist usuallyplaces this attractive item at the focal spot toact as an eye magnet. The artists thendevise various strategies to guide the viewer's eyes to this area and keep them coming back to it after exploring the rest of the painting.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/competing-focal-spots.pdf

Quite Area

June 21st, 2020

Quite Area

QUIET AREA Posted on 4/10/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

Since the focal area of the painting is the center of interest, it has the most activity in terms of contrast, texture, colordetails, sharpness etc. We will consider these features in my future blogs.

To prevent the paintingfrom getting too busy, the artist usually places a quiet area in the painting typically around the focal spot. This provides a rest to the eyes, especiallywhen it is placed next to the busy focal spot. This quiet area is designed such that the colors are muted, the edges of the objects less well defined, there is less contrast etc. This ensures that the details of the focal spot are magnified when placed next to a relatively calm area.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/quiet-area.pdf

The Tyranny of the Rule Of Third

June 21st, 2020

 The Tyranny of the  Rule Of Third

THE TYRANNY OF THE RULE OF THIRDS

Posted on 4/5/2018 by Mohamed Hirji

As I discussed on the last posts, placing the area of interest in the centre of the painting is boring and hence the rule of thirds was devised to encourage the artists to place the focal point off centre. However not all images lend themselves to fit this mould. This watercolour painting of mine Exquisite is a case in point. I have created various scenarios trying to fit the focal spot, (the centre of the flower) at each of the sweet spots. In my opinion none of them work. So in this instance you just feel free to break the rule. (The dark circles on the images refer to the sweet spots.)

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/tyranny-of-the-rule-of-thirds-copy.pdf

Rule Of Thirds How Did It Come About?

June 21st, 2020

Rule Of Thirds How Did It Come About?

RULE OF THIRDS: HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?

Posted on Mar 31, 2018 by Mohamed Hirji

The rule of thirds (RoT) that I discussed earlier is a principle of design to present a more aesthetically pleasing arrangementsof the main focus of the painting. It is most likely derived from the “Golden Ratio” which has been variously known as “The Golden Mean”, the “Devine proportion” etc. It is based on the Greek letter Phi 1.618 and therefore the Golden ratio is 1.618:1. A very detailed, complicated discussion and fascinating examples of this in various disciplines including Art, Architecture, Religion, Nature, Beauty etc. can be found at this website https://www.goldennumber.net

So how is the Golden Ratio connected to the rule of thirds? This is a controversial subject. However it seems that instead of going through the tedious geometric and mathematical calculations of finding the sweet spots (intersecting points in blue), by the Golden Ratio (fig 1).

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/rule-of-thirds-how-did-it-come-about.pdf

Composition In Art. Why Is It Necessary?

June 21st, 2020

Composition In Art. Why Is It Necessary?

COMPOSITION IN ART: Why Is It Necessary?

Obvious question. Does an artist need to compose a piece? Here let me relay an analogy of a house being built. Although the contractors will be the ones building the house, the owner will definitely have an input regarding the number, locations and the lay of various rooms. Judging from the current trend, the kitchen now commands the most attention. This then becomes the focus of the house, the centre of attention. There may be an additional one or two subordinate areas of interest like the master bedroom and bathroom.

Read more at: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~mhirji/download/composition-in-why-necessary.pdf

 

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