|"Green College" 12"x16" watercolor|
|Choices. Faithfulness is important but composition is paramount.|
|Johannes Bosboom. "View of Utrecht"|
It is not because Mr. Bosboom could not be almost photographic.
|Johannes Bosboom. "Communion Service" 1849|
Here are 4 very quick studies done before deciding on the finished framing of my watercolor. Notice I chopped the obtrusive bushes in the front. The first step is always deciding NOT to create a static painting by avoiding middle horizons and center lines. I normally decide whether I want the ground or the sky to dominate by lowering or rising the horizon line.
|Lower horizon. Crop in. Building dominates.|
|Low horizon, emphasis of the air above and perspective.|
|High horizon. The path dominates.|
|High horizon, grass and tree. Building blends with background.|
Choices are important because we tend to start painting the minute we wet the brush. A little forethought about composition can save a rainy morning.