Today’s Painting for You: “Quintet on Golden Brocade”
Today’s Painting for you:
“Quintet on Golden Brocade”, Oil on Panel, 2.5×6 inches, 2013 (sold)
Artists obsess about painting edges, since that’s where all the drama is. The boundary between two objects can be so soft and blurred that the eye slips right over almost without noticing it. Or, it can be so hard and sharp that the eye is stopped in it’s tracks and forced to look at it. Good artists shape their edges to guide the eye to important parts of the painting.
That is what I had in mind here. I decided that the green marble to the right of center was the most important point in the painting. Specifically, the edge it shares with the large steel marble behind it. You’ll notice that edge is sharper and harder than any other boundary, and the eye is automatically drawn to it.
Compare it, for instance, to the left edge of the steel marble. Since I didn’t want your eye to stop there for long, I blurred that edge so much that it almost blends into the fabric behind.
Next time you’re in a museum looking at a painting, try to notice where your eye stops. Chances are good it has something to do with the edges.
I hope you enjoy it!