Amasterpiece always stands out from the rest. As it draws you closerlike a cat eyeing a spotlight in the dark. An artist makes his workunique with the different elements and principles used in the art.This earns him attraction and praise from his audience. During myresearch, ‘Stray Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh who is one of thegreatest have ever lived fascinated me.
Movementis one of the things that is noticeable. The painting has waves fromright to left and spirals that create an impression of features suchas the sky. Vertical movements create the trees and mountains. Allthese elements create an impression of movement in the painting andbring it back to life. Stray Night also shows how different shapesare used.
Harmonyis also another principle the artist used. The painting has severalcombinations of shapes, colors, and patterns. The canvas has blendedthe use of lines and curves to present harmony as the cypress treesare presented in the painting. The presentation of the cypress treesbrings about the contrast in the painting evoking emotion andexpression by the artist.
Dominanceis a principle that is clear in the painting. Some elements are moredominant than others the sky and the cypress tree are more dominantthan the small buildings in the painting. The town is not put intoemphasis as the sky that defines the painting. The sky and thecypress tree are on a larger scale, which shows dominance in thepainting. Subtraction is also used in forming the moon on thepainting. It creates the shape of the moon.
Inmy room, I chose to pick up a lion painting that I have. The paintingexercises dominance, as the lion, is the focus of the painting. Thetrees are a bit vague as well as the mountains. The painting showsrhythm in the painting as it exercises different shapes and patternson the painting. The painting possesses a flowing rhythm in thelines used. The painting also has balance as it uses different shapessuch as curves and straight lines.
Thepainting also has different use of color that creates an impressionof dark and light effect. Towards the mane of the lion, the colordiffers, as some places are darker than others are. This has made theimage more real and appealing to the audience. A flowing rhythm isalso witnessed when the artist was painting the mane. The brush flowsto one direction to create a smooth texture on the painting. Despitedifferent shapes and colors, the painting has a texture that is eventhroughout the canvas. The different elements are brought together ina way that creates balance on the painting. There is symmetricalbalance on the picture plane that the artist tried to achieve in hiswork.
Proportionis exercised in the painting, as there are items of different shapesand different colors. The ration of the big and small sizes isdistributed evenly in the painting. This has created weight whenviewing the painting and created a good appeal to the audience of thepiece of art. The painting also has a rough texture as the paintertries to use many colors to express himself. This is variety as it isan element of art using different colors to bring the image to life.