|HILL COUNTRY PASTURE 16x20 oil on linen|
There's a world of stuff out there competing for attention, but we need to simplify things down to a working plan. In general, if you will design the scene before you into no more than three to five major shapes and arrange for a clear, well placed focal area the painting will have a better than average chance of being successful.
Then, making a good decision about what and where the focus of the painting will be just about insures that you'll come out on top. Think about placing your focal area somewhere other than the dead center, or against one of the four boundaries. Someplace, that is a different distance to each boundary is just one good guiding principle. Draw attention to your focal area by using the greatest contrast of values, color, detail, texture, shape, hardest edges. Whether you're painting outdoors, or in the studio, If you'll give consideration to these few things before beginning to paint, you're likely to have a lot more fun, and you'll better your odds of painting a winner.