Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Encyclopedia of dumb design ideas 1
Encyclopedia of dumb design ideas
Sorry I am posting late today. Internet access is hard to come by sometimes, but I will do my best. If I have to miss a day, I apologize in advance.
Above is a dumb design idea. The road is jammed against the side of the frame. Often this is the way that nature actually appears before you, so watch out for it! Remember that a road leads you into a picture, this one leads the viewer in and then throws them roughly against the frame over on the left.
I have seen roads tortured into vertical sections as the artist tries to keep them inside the painting. The answer is to either move your easel before you start work, as soon as you have realized the problem. The second solution if that is impossible is to move the road to lead through the middle of the painting to it's destination.
Roads leading into paintings are a great device and many fine paintings have them, BUT can be extremely difficult to paint. Unless I am in a location where the road looks just about right, I am very leery of them. Often I will invent most of a road rather than go with what is actually offered.
More on this soon, I have painted lots of country roads and had more than my share of disasters.