Study in guiding the eye #4

guiding the eye with value study of beach fence Feb-7-2019
Focus on the foreground

This study was interesting to work on because I moved the area of highest contrast from the distant ground to the foreground. In the reference photo, the post in the back was the strongest point of contrast, but I wanted to put the focus on the fenceposts and shadows in the lower right. My interest in fence posts is waning, and I liked the dappled light and shadow area in the lower section.

One of my favorite things about this series of lessons has been increasing my understanding about the power we have to control the eye as artists. I’m excited to continue developing this skill of deciding where I want the eye to travel in a piece, and controlling value contrast as compositional tool.

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