4 Fun Compositions to Improve Your Art

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Doulene Walker
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Hello to all my artist friends around the world. If you are anything like me, you truly feel like the artists in the community are like family. 

We all have such a passionate thing in common that is dear to all of our hearts.

It is so easy to lose sight of some of the most simple elements in painting, as we get caught up in our thoughts and pressure of producing!

So, here is just a fun, easy and non technical look at some simple compositions that may help you get out of a block you are currently experiencing, or it may be a composition you have never thought of trying before.  So give it a go and let me know how you go.  I can't wait to see what you paint!

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What is Composition?

Composition can vary in so many ways

When it comes to composition of a painting, we don't only take into account the way things are placed e.g. rule of thirds, but we also need to look at  and dominance of a certain colour, repeat patterns, colour theory, values, contrast,movement, focus and so much more.

For this blog, I am just going to concentrate on the structure of the painting.  Let's keep this fun and see if you can perhaps use these 4 compositions in your next few paintings

When you use these compositions, lets all see what each other have created by using the #doulenewalkerartblog

That way, we can all share and discover together. 

Colourful Love, Doulene xx

Composition 1 - Diagonal

This form of composition draws the eye in from one side of the painting, through the centre and back to the other side.  You need to try to stop the eye from leaving the canvas or page at the exit point and being sure to bring it back again into the painting to explore more of it. 

See bottom left, in Laura Horns abstract art, how the leaves sweep to the right, bringing your eye back into the painting to discover more exciting details.  

@laurahornart @doulenewalkerart

Composition 2 - X

The X composition aims to keep the eye on the canvas by drawing it in and moving it to both sides of the X, hopefully, if you are successful it will help to keep the eye searching for more of the finer details that surround the X 

See my artwork below titled "Freedom"  This painting uses the X composition - see how the darker hues are positioned using this composition  @doulenewalkerart

Freedom - by @doulenewalkerart

Composition 3 - L - C - U

The L composition is used successfully as you can easily keep the eye on the canvas longer by sweeping it through the length and width of the painting.  If you take the L further around the canvas you can create a C or U.  See Laura's paintings below and see that the darker areas are creating the L.  You can imagine that if they went just a little further, they would create a C. 

In Kate Pittas painting you can see how her sweeping lines create this composition with such softness, leading the eye back to the focal point of the large flower.

@laurahornart @katepittasart

Composition 4 - Horizon

The Horizon composition is aesthetically pleasing to any eye because it is a naturally occurring shape in daily life. We are constantly looking at horizons - from the landscape, to your furniture in your lounge or bedroom.  

See Lizzie Alsop's painting below left. Even though her shapes are curved, they are on the horizontal plain.

If you find you are really stuck, this is a great one to start with as it is simple to understand and yet has maximum impact 

@lizziealsopart @doulenewalkerart

Let's Share our compositions

Thank you for reading my blog.  I have deliberately kept this short and simple.  In this day and age, not many of us time for lengthy articles full of technicality, so I hope you have enjoyed this. Perhaps it has given you just a little spark to get up and paint.

I would love to see these in your up and coming pieces. 

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Colourful Love, Doulene xx

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