Saturday, 4 June 2016

How much Detail to add

A fellow blogger mentioned to me that she tends to put a lot of detail into a painting where it isn't needed.  That gave me this blog post, as I know exactly what she means and thought I would give you my spin on how I deal with this issue.

Firstly, and most important before getting into the details of a scene, is where you begin with a painting - having the FOCAL POINT.  The place that the eye goes to when you first look at a scene.   But, how do you know what that is.

Say for example you are looking at this beach scene, either in person or using a photo:

I'm reckoning that you looked at the First two beach hunts on the left,
then your eye travelled to the distance, across the water and back to the foreground.

Then comes the matter that my blogger friend mentioned saying she tends to Add too much detail.  We are all guilty of this, but try to KEEP IT SIMPLE.      SEND THE EYE AROUND THE SCENE (as with the above photo).  

Example 1
   A quick example of the photo reference,
but I'm sure you get my point.

This is a very Basic scene - you could add some people:

 Example 2
You see I have also added some birds plus two people.

If I added more.....

Example 3

The Boat is too distracting 
The large seagull too distracting
The person with the dog too distracting


 ~ Happy Painting everyone ~


robin cox walsh said...

The KISS (keep it simple, stupid! lol) rule! So true, thanks for reminding us. :D

ann hyde Useful Painting Tips said...

LOL...Lots of Light ;)

Emie58 said...

Thanks... seeing it in practice helps a lot. I guess it comes down to knowing when to stop.

Judy said...

Funny, the KISS rule. :) I love this tip, and the photo is great!

Arlene said...

Good points. We all struggle with this.

ann hyde Useful Painting Tips said...

It is very much a case of judging it. Not that a painting with A LOT going on in it is wrong, some of the best Art over the years is what could be called BUSY, but I just wanted to point out a simple basic, so I hope it helps :)

ann hyde Useful Painting Tips said...

Thanks Judy. I just did this post quickly purely to show a point, hope it will help some folks along the way :)

ann hyde Useful Painting Tips said...

Thanks Arlene....see my response to Emie58, I wouldn't want people to think my Example was a hard and fast rule :)

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