Patricia W. - Part Two

Lesson 3 - Exercise 2

This exercise is to create Studies demonstrating a variety of strategies used to create a focal point.

Photo number 2 was originally begun showing Contrast: Vertical Elements plus Horizontal Elements with the Focal Point at one place where they met (as I understand it).  That was not working very well so I kept slowly adding the free drawn elements (with paint and a brush).  Since most elements were irregular, it ended up fitting in the Contrast: Irregular or Amorphous elements plus one or more Representational Element (the 3-D and the square boxes).  I hadalso begun using an analogous color scheme which changed I think.


Photo number 3 was intentionally begun to show the Isolation example.  I ended up adding more color to the element by itself on the left in order to balance the composition and make sure the isolated circle was indeed the Focal Point.


Patricia W.

Lesson 3 -  Exercise 2 is to create Studies demonstrating a variety of strategies used to create a focal point.

I used paper that said it took all mediums, a bit larger 11” x 14” than before.

This Study shows Placement: 3B off center with elements of other features directing the eye toward it.

It also shows Repetition (repeating a form or shape in several variations).

The colors I chose are Red-Orange and Blue-green (or close to “blue green”) which are Complementary.

When I first painted the first draft, it only had the 3 long, dark pointed strips and my eyes kept going back and forth between the red-orange and the 3 long “blue-green” elements.  After I added the 3 lighter, smaller blue green elements, I then focused on the red-orange Focal Point as I intended.

I am hoping to finish at least one more example that is sketch with colored markers to give me an idea of what I might create.


Shannon M.

Henri Rousseau's "The Dream"

I think this painting reflects many of the elements of the 'stage play' analogy. But, what strikes me first about this piece is the tone, which I realize, isn't anything we're discussing in our Visual Language class. What I see are the dark tones and shades with a minimum of reflected light seen in the grasses and the woman on the settee. The woman being the focal point, but, it's interesting seeing the lion looking right at us!

The plants play the part of the of the crowd scene. With their narrow leaves and regular shapes, their place is repeated togive harmony and unity in the painting. The plants define 'jungle scene.'

To my mind, much of the supporting cast is even darker. I could hardly make out the elephant, but, I see the lions, the elephant, the man with the horn as the noises of the jungle. What's going on in the background to provide contrast of texture - meant in a difference sense (sounds).

The woman on the settee is certainly the focal point. Both are soft and curvaceous. Both providea horizontal contrast with the vertical forms of the plants, trees, man and animals. I think this painting needs all of it's element to provide the visual experience it represents. And, after all, it is a dream.