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Intervals Improve Notes

One of the corrections I often have to make in my own paintings is to clearly separate intervals or spaces between planes and objects. This is something I all too often forget to consider and it is a sometimes difficult task, when a composition is tight with many elements.

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One solution is to vary the heights and lengths of objects like tree canopies, trunks, mountains,groups of objects, and man made objects. This allows the viewer to proceed through the composition without hitting stopping points and getting bogged down or bored.

Intervals Improve

Another way to create intervals is with color changes within groups of objects. I do this a lot with atmospherics in tree lines. I love atmospherics and push them a lot in my work. This is an easy way to create the illusion of depth.

Don’t forget that color temperature changes can create a separation between objects quite nicely too. It’s not always about changes in value or placement of objects to give the illusion of intervals. A shift in color temperature can work just as well. Placing a cool green tree next to a warm green tree, slightly overlapping the canopy on the warm over the cool is an example of how to improve intervals in a subtle way.

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Values can certainly create intervals, pushing and pulling objects back and forth in the picture plane.

Intervals are an often overlooked important part of design in a painting. I think we have a tendency to line things up like little soldiers. Even rows of trees can be adjusted slightly to improve interest from the viewer.

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Patterns in grasses are a very easy way to create minor intervals in composing. Using varying greens or dried grass colors with subtle value changes create instant intervals in your compositions. Intervals encourage viewers to move between sections and elements of paintings, moving them around through the painting without leaving it too soon. The longer the viewer stays with the painting, the more intrigued they will be by the work.

More musings for artists and collectors to come.

Today’s Recipe:

Southern Belle Salad

I remember this from my childhood.

1 cup pitted sweet cherries
1 package cherry gelatin
1 cup Coke
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Drain cherry juice. Bring 3/4 of the juice to boil. Add gelatin. Stir until dissolved. Stir in Coke and lemon juice. Chill until slightly firm. Cut cream cheese into small pieces. Fold cheese,nuts and cherries into the gelatin mixture. Chill until firm and serve cold.

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3 thoughts on “Intervals Improve

  1. I love your post on intervals, such good information. Like you mention, I have noticed many people lining up subjects as little soldiers. Most notable along the bottom, like everything just sprouts up from the bottom… I’ve been guilty myself and had to go back in and make changes once it became apparent what I had done.

    I’ve always admired your grasses and the way you take the viewer where you want them to go with them. I never knew what to call the intervals until now. Thank you for this post.

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