I hope you can join me tomorrow, May 22, for our monthly YouTube live chat. The topic will be the Anatomy of Light.
In last week's post, I showed you how we can use our forefinger and thumb to find the relative size of things. I emphasized that you keep your arm extended.
When we are using a tool in our hands to gauge size, the size we see will change when we change the distance of the tool from our eyes. This awareness can be useful when we're trying to find a composition in plein air,
especially when we use our hands to create a rectangular viewfinder.
I'm using a photo of a moth to illustrate.
Using your first two fingers on both hands, fashion your rectangle like this and hold it between your eyes and what you are viewing.
2. GET A WIDE ANGLE VIEW OF THE IMAGE/SCENE
Bring your viewer very close to your eyes and take note of how much is included in the viewer.
Fully extend your arms and notice that the further your arms are from your eyes, the less you see. And when fully extended, you get a telephoto view.
We painters possess these tools that come with us the day we were born. They can be transformative when we learn how to use them.
Enjoy a weekend of discovering your built-in tools!
During my Language of Painting series, I explained the role of our visual elements. If you'd like to review those roles to better understand the behavior of elements, here are the links to each of those
discussions: Color --Value -- Shape -- Texture -- Size -- Line and Direction
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