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Old 11-05-2019, 12:04 PM
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Focal point

The attached is from my sketchbook. A beautiful area down by a lake. I like the composition and value study however do I need a focal point do I need a canoe or kayak a fisherman...what do you guys think?
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Old 11-05-2019, 02:31 PM
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Re: Focal point

I think it can work without the boat.
Right now my focal point is that large white area
in the water.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:56 PM
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Re: Focal point

i ditto that^
the focal point could easily be the sheen on the water, a little brighter than the rest, a little calmer or a little extra rippled.
not saying a boat or whatever wouldn't work, it would work just fine, i just prefer natural scenes without human involvement.

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Old 11-06-2019, 02:30 PM
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Re: Focal point

A dramatic sky can be a focal with nice reflections on the water..
You can decide what or if you want a specific focal. Then enhance that area..
But there usually is something that will tend to draw the eye even if not a planned focal..

I don't think boat or figure or birds are needed unless you want them..
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Re: Focal point

Well...what is your painting about? What's the story?

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Re: Focal point

We are all centrists it seems. You are asking about roughly the center of you composition. It is where the minds eye will go, try working the shapes around it and leave it blank (like my mind)? lol. The point is to have atmosphere and not subject matter be your composition.
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:21 PM
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Re: Focal point

Does a beautiful scene by a lake need a story? hmmm... maybe that's why I thought of a fisherman. Many times when I see people in paintings I want to be that person. When I see an empty chair on the beach I want to be in the chair. I do struggle with the "why" not so much the "what" or "how".

back to C&D...I like what you are saying about the center or the sky or the reflection being the focal point...when I was thinking composition for this sketch, I was thinking of design principles. (balance, texture, contrast, three or more planes, golden section, rule of thirds, etc. )

I like "atmosphere and not subject matter be your composition"

thanks everyone....
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