Common Characteristics of Good Paintings
Good painters don’t merely recreate what is in front of them. An experienced artist knows how to create a successful painting, no matter what situation or model he or she is presented with or the materials being worked with.
Of course, this often comes after years of practice and experimentation — as well as the development of a unique artistic voice. But there are some basic characteristics that all good paintings have in common. As you are thinking about just how to paint your next composition, keep the following three tips in mind.
1. A Strong Focal Point
A focal point is not like the big, bold “X” that marks the spot on a treasure map. It can take on any shape and size. It can be bold, but it can also be subtle. A dappling of light, a pop of color, an expression or emphatic gesture — any of these can become a focal point in a composition.
Regardless of how it is created, its purpose should be to engage the viewer or act as the culmination of the momentum built in the work. Continue reading.