The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Monday, February 15, 2010

Creating Depth, Part 4

4. Details in front, lost edges in back. The closer an object is to the viewer, the more details it will have. The farther away something is, the fewer details it will have. Easy, huh? This is the same theory taught in still life painting classes. The details bring attention to your focal point. In the case of landscapes, your focal point may not necessarily be the foreground, but the details add to the sense of depth.  Here are some examples:

In Bob Rohm’s "Summer Pine", you know immediately what the focal point is because of the level of detail of the tree. (See http://www.bobrohm.com as well as his book The Painterly Approach.)


In Don Demers’ fantastic "Light Beyond the Marsh" (see www.donalddemers.com), the foreground grasses are much more detailed than even the middle ground grasses.

To be continued....

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