Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Finding the painting inside the painting.....
I started painting in 2001. Over the years, even though I haven't always painted consistently, I have accumulated quite a number of paintings. They are stacked in a drawer and on a shelf in the basement. For the Northminster Fine Arts Show, I decided to see if I could clear some of my shelf space and salvage some of my older paintings. A lot of them are what I would call watercolor sizes. A full sheet of watercolor is 22 x 30 inches, and watercolor artists frequently paint on a half or quarter sized sheet. None of these sizes fit neatly with a standard gallery sized frame. Custom frames are expensive, so I began to consider how I could crop my paintings. I started to look for the bast painting within a painting.
I bought two sets of standard sized mats (8 x 10 inches with a 5 x 7 inch opening and 16 x 20 inches with a 10 x 14 inch opening) from clearbags.com and here are two results.
In the original, the background and "busy" space are evenly divided across a diagonal, which weakens the composition of the painting. In the cropped painting, most of the background, surrounds emphasized the sunflower, which made it more the focal point of the painting.