October 30, 2010

Little Pumpkin, Big Knife

Happy Halloween Kiddies! I've been away teaching in the Kootenays (which I will tell you all about in my next post), and this was a demo painting.  I've been talking to a lot of students lately about composition.  I believe it is very intuitive, and that we all have a great sense of composition quite naturally when we can relax and let it out.  On this painting, I placed the pumpkin smack dab in the center of the support with a flagrant disregard for the most widely quoted rule of composition, but it works for me.  I think the trick is to treat the other elements of the composition (positive shapes, negative shapes, tonal changes) in an assymetrical fashion to compensate for the stasis that would otherwise prevail.

PS...THREE SPACES LEFT IN MY DAILY PAINTING WORKSHOP NEXT WEEKEND, right here in Sorrento, BC.  If you are interested, contact me right away, would love to see you. Info on my website on right.


  1. Works! I really like it. You are so right about the lead and the supporting actors in your stage of a painting. If the supporting guys do their job, then the lead actor can stand where ever.

  2. Your composition works and with a square picture plain that can be a challenge sometimes. Very nice!