I had the opportunity to be in Cheyenne, Wyoming this last Saturday as a guest and speaker at the Artist Development Seminar that preceded the opening of the 29th Annual Western Spirit Show. I predicted (2 posts ago) that it would be a good party but the weekend exceeded all my expectations. Cheyenne always surprises me - and in a good way.
The Artist Development Seminar is for artists who are in the Western Spirit Show and I really enjoyed giving a short presentation on Marketing for the Individual Artist - but I also enjoyed the other presenters. Fine artist, painter and teacher, Jeanne Mackenzie did a painting demo. Sculptor, Chris Navarro, who judged the show, talked about his life and his work - both were exceptional and worth the price of admission.
Nothing prepared me tho', for the huge show opening. The exhibition was packed, and these were folks that paid a nice ticket price, just to get in and see the work - and eat - of course. Did I mention the fabulous food?
It was a great weekend and I was hosted by the LINK Gallery who represents me in Wyoming. Owner Rebecca Barrett, has created a beautiful downtown art destination that boasts the deepest collection of artists in that part of the country. The LINK Gallery together with the Deselms Gallery, put on the Wyoming Plein Air Event during the first 2 weeks of August. It is the only painting event of its kind in Wyoming. So, if you are a plein air painter - check it out. Just click on Wyoming Plein Air.
In class we have been enjoying the 6"x 6" square format and now are applying it to landscape. The same rules of good composition apply but we are now using them to address our own photo scrap, or in my case,
a sketch done in the landscape.
Remember the Rule of Thirds? It is a classic compositional idea that deals with both composition and placement - meaning,
it helps you organize the space and position subject matter so it is visually balanced.
The Rule of Thirds, means to divide the canvas into thirds, horizontally and vertically, and position major elements along those third lines.
In my sketch above, the major shapes almost split the space in half, which is the least interesting or desirable way to break up the space. Applying the Rule of Thirds, I can raise those major shapes or lower them. I chose to lower those shapes to create a deeper sky and a better division of the square.