Form & the Elements in Nature

Using Form to Create Tension

Scott uses a mountain painting to demonstrate how he has used forms within the landscape to create tension that builds his composition and directs the viewers eye to the center of interest.

3min 17sec

The forms in a landscape can be / should be arranged to create tension that directs the viewers eye toward the center of interest.

Rather than copying the lines of shapes in a scene, arrange them to have variety.

Select at least three landscape photos.

Create a limited line composition of the landscape as it exists in the photo.

For each photo, create at least three alternate compositions that rearrange the major shapes to create tension and direct the viewers eye.

Select one composition and paint a small study.

Journal your observations.

Drawing Journal.

Painting Journal.


Markers (optional).

Oil or gouache paints.

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