|In the Garden|
Collage on paper
The bright orange is the substrate which I painted by smooshing acrylic paint around on the surface. There's a bit of paper napkin, a photograph of maple leaves, a magazine image, and a color copied strip from an old painting. Simple items and a combination of stripes result in a happy piece.
Then there's this one.
Collage on Paper
8 x 8"
Let's analye it according to the elements and principles of design:
- Line: vertical and diagonal suggest movement.
- Texture: visual texture of printed vs plain vs translucent invites touch.
- Color: Complementary violet and yellow with an accent of blue green.
- Composition: Cruciform
- Balance: yes, in all directions
- Value: ah, there's my problem with the orange strip. It tipped the scale of value toward equal balance of value. Without the orange strip the dark areas dominate and composition is better. But I just couldn't leave well enough alone.
- Repetition: There's plenty of repetition within each color family as well as repetition of line.
- Contrast: yep, lots of that.
- Dominance, unity, harmony: check.
Do you ever pull out your list of elements and principles and use them to check your work? I find it's helpful when I'm puzzled about why a piece leaves me with a negative feeling.