I'm really enjoying my class. This week we learned a lot about the fundamentals of semi-abstract painting. I've never done a semi-abstract painting, at least not using the techniques I learned in class. It was interesting and I can't wait to do my homework this week. The painting above was a practice painting that we did in class. We had 20 minutes to paint a semi-abstract painting...which isn't a lot of time to fill all those tiny little shapes. I know it's not the greatest but it got me to start differently about composition.
Using one of Ken's paintings as reference, first we discussed the importance of creating a focal point using the rule of thirds or center of interest. The following images are examples of where objects should be placed in a painting to make it more visually interesting:
Rule of Thirds
Center of Interest
Then we went though some terms, discussing the different techniques for developing a semi-abstract painting. Here are some ways it can be done:
- Fracturing - breaking up an image into pieces
- Not using a single light source
- Extension - extending the line of a shape beyond it
- Distortion - changing shapes
- Transparency - intensity and contrast
- Balance color
Homework begins this weekend, God willing! Wish me luck!