Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Olives - Daily Painting by Darren Maurer

6" x 6"
Sometimes I finish a painting and really feel like I nailed the color of my subject with the oil paint. This piece represents one of those instances. I moved my interest point in the composition toward the top of the canvas for no other reason than it just seemed right. This is painting 263 in my Painting A Day Series. Painting Sold.


Blogger marybullock2 said...

Darren - I love it! Yes, you really nailed the colors and compostion. I do have a question, though - I was always taught that you should never have an even number of a subject, (olives, trees, houses, etc.) But with this painting, I can see that an even number can actually work quite well. So my question is - what did you do to make the compostion work with an even number?
The Figurative Realm of Mary Bullock

6:03 PM  
Blogger Darren Maurer said...

I would like to give everyone an ultra cerebral explanation into the compositional theory that led me to my decisions creating this painting. The truthful answer is I really just liked how the olives looked and then I painted them. One, two, three or more subjects..... I don't ever think about it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

I was taught that with flower arrangements you never want an even number of primary lines or an even number of primary flowers. That an even number of flowers calls attention to the symmetry (which you might want to do intentionally in a modern or minimalist design), but an odd number -- an asymmetrical grouping -- allows the viewer to take in the composition as a whole and not be distracted by the sum of the parts. But I agree with Darren that depending on the subject matter, two works fine! I thought he did an especially good job on the wet pimientos. Thank you for sharing the images. Phil

5:09 PM  

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