Thursday, July 7, 2011

Designing With Flowers

I love using tracing paper for working on compositions and like to use the cheapest, thinnest kind available. Today I traced some of the blind contour flowers that were posted here earlier this week. I used my copier to enlarge and reduce the flower sizes. Using the rule of thirds, and the Momma Poppa Baby Theory, I was able to see various shapes, sizes and relationships before committing to them on paper. This is my first composition using artistic license with the sizes and foliage shapes. Notice the use of value pattern and directional thrust. This may become a watercolor vignette at some point, but I am still undecided. See the painting done from this sketch here.


  1. looks good. I ventured over to the Edgar Whitney link. He was a master. Great stuff.

  2. Thanks Mary - Even accomplished artists such as yourself can find value in reviewing Ed's principles and elements of design once in a while. "A good design poorly executed is much to be preferred over a poor design well executed." ~ Edgar Whitney


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