Not All Parts of a Painting are Equal

Not All Parts of a Painting are Equal

I see abstract paintings on a regular basis where the entire surface is a smothered with marks in a claustrophobic attempt to animate every square inch of the surface. In this case, nothing is special and all parts are equal. If nothing is more important than another, then there is no contrast. Contrast leads to interest and engagement, lack of contrast leads to boredom.

I believe there should be areas of greater importance and areas of lesser importance. In paintings contrast is king - playing opposites against each other. Paintings are much more interesting when they play activity against rest; light against dark; fat against thin; bright against dull; big against small; textured against smooth; gloss against matte. Contrast is a key that helps me engage with a painting.

When I go to galleries or shows, when I first enter the space I look for the piece with the most contrast, and I go look at it first. I do this because I know the artist understands how to manipulate contrast to create an interesting painting.

If you're looking for a way to spice up the visual impact of your paintings, make sure there is enough contrast to make some areas more important and other areas less important. Try not to make everything equal. Your viewers will thank you.

If you'd like to learn to more about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2018 and 2019 workshops HERE)

October 19-21 Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL. For more information and registration Click Here. SOLD OUT

  • November 10-11 Art of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC. For more information and registration Click Here.

  • November 14-16 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here.

  • January 10-12, 2019 Arts Alliance of Lee County, Fort Myers, FL. For information and registration Click Here.

  • January 25-27, 2019 Daytona Art League, Daytona Beach, FL. SOLD OUT

  • February 6-8, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here.

  • March 5-8 Cultural Arts Alliance, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For information and registration contact Bonnie Loman. Email: pghsteeler1@icloud.com.

As always, thanks so much for your support!

David

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