Study in guiding the eye #3

guiding the eye with value study of beach fence Feb-6-2019
An experiment in looser brushwork

For my third in this series of studies on guiding the eye with value, I wanted to try a couple of different things. One was to use more painterly brush strokes and do less blending so they stay visible. I also tried applying aerial perspective by using lighter, cooler colors in the distance and more intensity and contrast in the foreground.

The result is that the eye stays quite focused on the center post area, where there’s not much of interest to look at. I’d say it was a good thing to try, but not a successful treatment for guiding the eye around the painting with value contrast.

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