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Oil Painting Step by Step by Tom Swimm, John Loughlin, Anita Hampton

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Lesson 4: Composing Dynamic Scenes

with Anita Hampton

When painting outside, many artists wish they could paint everything they see, but that wouldn’t make a very dynamic composition. Composition is more than just the design or layout of a painting; it is the relationship among the elements in a painting. In a good composition, the various elements have an organized flow and work together to create a visual path that draws the viewer’s eye to the painting’s center of interest, or focal point. One of the easiest ways to create a visual path and a sense of movement in your paintings is to include curving lines that lead from the foreground into the middle of the composition. In this landscape, for example, artist Anita Hampton uses the water at ...

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