Sandy Cobb
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  • Midland, TX
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At 10:20am on August 2, 2013, Anton Abela said…

Hello Sandy,
I apologise for replying to your comment this late.

Well there are a couple of tricks to add depth to a painting.
It all depends on the subject you want to portray. But, here how it goes:

1) use perspective: linear is best when you want to direct the viewer to a part of the picture (like a landscape) - on the other hand, it can be used to make emphasis on a subject (figure) in the foreground (thus a larger figure), to stand out from other objects/figures in the middle-ground

2) areal perspective: main subject in focus, middle-ground & background unfocused - use the rule that a subject nearer to the viewer is more defined and clearer, objects in background are blurred and with a "bluish" tint

3) visual elements:
a. lines of sight (similar to perspective)
b. rhythm: same design elements in repetition but of varying scales to hint a progression into the picture
c. playing with scale: a bigger object seems to be more close to the viewer than the same object placed close to it, but of a smaller size

4) colour variables:
a. object in foreground more bright & set against a dark background
b. objects in foreground are darker than objects in the background (colour gradiations in landscapes)

Sometimes it is best to experiment a little and see what best works for you
(we are here to help so you can always find someone to provide feedback/criticism when you ask).

Hope this helps
Holler should you need further assistance/clarifications

At 8:44am on July 25, 2013, Anton Abela said…

Welcome to the Art Colony, Sandy! 

Great to see your presence in the forums and groups.
It's also great to see the art you have posted! Will provide you with a critique sometime soon. There is potential in those 2 artworks you have posted, I really like them. :)
I look forward to getting to know you and your work - having only a handful of artworks should not be a problem. Be sure to find some little time to practice and persevere ;)

Enjoy the site! 
Anton (Moderator)

At 10:22pm on July 24, 2013, Sandy Cobb said…
Whoops just realized my painting loaded sideways. Any way to rotate?
At 10:21pm on July 24, 2013, Sandy Cobb said…
Thank you Thaneeya! I already know I'm going to love this wonderful community of fellow artists! I'm a beginner here and only have a handful of paintings one is my profile picture. I will post more soon! Thank you so much for making me feel welcome here! I greatly appreciate it!
At 2:05pm on July 24, 2013, Thaneeya McArdle said…

Welcome to the Art Colony, Sandy!  If you have any art-related questions, please feel free to post in the forums or groups, where your fellow artists will be happy to help you out. When you get the chance, it would be fun to see some of your art.  Above all, enjoy the site! 
Thaneeya (Moderator)

At 10:30am on July 24, 2013, sharon oppenheimer said…

Hi Sandy, and welcome to the Art Colony!  I hope you enjoy the site - there's a lot to explore here, so have a look around and make yourself at home. You'll find plenty of art and inspiration!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do feel free to contact any of the moderators.

Be sure to read through the Member Guidelines, which explains things like what type of art you can post and what you can't - for instance, nudes and photography are not permitted.

We've also put together a handy Guide to Getting Started, which may help answer any questions you may have, such as how to create a bio for your page.

Most of all have fun and join in the forums and groups!  Can't wait to see your art. :)

Best Wishes, Sharon (Moderator)



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