Enter a gallery and scan the room. It doesn’t matter how cleverly and convincingly a painting has been rendered – the composition must feel ‘right’.
In an exhibition celebrating the importance of composition, members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) create artworks for ‘Equilibrium’ a project set by the group’s new Artist Patron, Helen Talbot.
Helen says: “Composition refers to the arrangement of shapes, colours, and tones within a specified area to create balance within the design. In a painting or drawing the ability to recognize a good composition is often an instinctive reaction to whether it looks right or wrong. Members have been encouraged to use the ‘rule of thirds’”.
‘Equilibrium’ also lends itself to a three dimensional solution. Possibly a balanced object or objects, free-standing or supporting each other, or simply a shape with balance or firmness as its theme, like a sphere, a circle or a triangle. Perhaps certain activities and sports could be a subject.
The focus of this exhibition is to find a great composition, a balance – one that is interesting, unexpected and feels ‘right’.