Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stupid design ideas 2

Encyclopedia of Dumb Design Ideas

Here are better graphics for the road post I did yesterday. Above is the road jammed up against the edge of the canvas. As you can see it is an annoying distraction. The eye follows it and is directed nowhere.

Above is the road again, leading the viewer into the painting and to it's subject matter. Of course there are a lot of variations on this design , but the idea is not to dump the viewer into the side of the painting.

This road is whats called a LEADING LINE. A leading line is the main line of a design that leads you through the painting. Not all designs have them of course, but many do. There are few absolutes in the design game, but many examples of better and worse.

Above is a painting I made yesterday, its a 16 by 20. I will probably fool with it in the studio, but just to clean up a few edges and drop in a few highlights and a few accents.

26 comments:

LandPainter said...

Beautiful painting, Stape! Thanks for the "road" to better knowledge.

Antonin said...

Fantastic painting !!!! And thanks for the fix of the dumb design.

T Arthur Smith said...

To me, though, that dump of a road still leads my eye back to the village/house, because it turns around and connects to the center. It seems to me it'd be worse if it just kept going off the canvas and never reconnected.

I think you just forgot how to paint bad. You'll have to practice.

Philip Koch said...

Stape, nice painting!

Lucy said...

Gorgeous painting. Put it into the museum right now.
I actually like the first road example.

clarkola said...

I LOVE stupid design examples-
please continue and raise up our intelligence.
Also....I see green arriving through the dead leaves of Vermont and in your paintings. Any time you want to address stupid greens vs. your very restrained and delicate ones, I'm downloading. Thanks,always.

billspaintingmn said...

Love the painting Stape! Those clouds look great!

rahina q.h. said...

Love the balance of colours and composition Stape!

steve34m said...

Solid painting, done in one day too.
Very sobering but encouraging for a slow painter like me.

MCG said...

Nice painting Stape. A bit off topic, but your lay in's in the post reminded me I wanted to ask if you're still using that Red Lion Polyflax and if you still like it? Thinking of trying it..

John D. Wooldridge said...

Stape, I prefer the shape of the road in the first one better. That quick S bend in the second feels too abrupt to me personally. The more generous radius of the first feels nicer, it ambles. I think it just needs about 2 or 3 more inches on the left!

Beautiful painting! I think I need to dissect it in grayscale.

Stapleton Kearns said...

land;
Thanks.
............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Antonin;
Thanks.
............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

T. Arthur;
Oh no! I still paint plenty of bad!
...............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Philip;
Thank you, sir.
..................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Lucy;
I will make the next example dumber.
............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Clarkola;'
I don't think I will be in Vermont soon.
................Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

bill;
Thanks, I made therm up, the sky was actually clear.
.........Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

rahina;
I, myself, am unbalanced.
..............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

Steve;
Thanks, actually I went out on two consecutive days.
.............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

MCG;
I am not using the polyflax as I decided its surface was too hard.
...............Stape

Stapleton Kearns said...

John;
It is necessary to kill something before you can dissect it.
..........Stape

tom martino said...

Stape,

A fine landscape painting! Is the subject at the Cape? (Looks like maybe dunes in the background.)

Sara Winters said...

Oh, Stape! It is absolutely fabulous!!!! I'm telling you, not every artist can grab the essence of those oaks, but you nailed it!!!! I am so sorry I haven't been more available, my schedule has been insane.
I am so glad you are painting the area, though. Gorgeous!

Ann Seago, said...

Great painting. It reminds me of the Texas Hillcountry. Also, really appreciate the post on "roads" as a friend and I just had that conversation -- I've forwarded your blog on to her...

Emmett Ryan said...

This painting looks like young palo verde trees in the foreground of a sonoran desert paintng .