Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lewes, Delaware

Breakin' the rules!

That big old tree is dead center. I actually knew that when laying this painting out today. Most artists will say that is one of the cardinal sins of composition. But I think done correctly, you can break all the so called rules. Maybe not all at once.

So, what do you think? Does it work centered? Or do I need to fire up the table saw?

5" x 7", State Series, oil on canvas panel, palette knife


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Anonymous said...

I like it this way! George Inness used to place his horizon line right through the middle of his paintings...and they all worked wonderfully.,,,,

I used to live in Rehoboth Beach many moons ago, so know Lewes well!!!! Have walked and walked around that little place. Is this painted plein air or from a photo or sketch? Had to delete my first comment as I missed out a sentence....oopps...

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Maggie. This is part of the Google Streetview State Series I've been working on.

Thanks. I like it centered also.

Beadazzle said...

This does look good where it's at. If you were to try and satisfy everyone,you'd never get any painting done lol. So with that said for those who think it needs to be moved,I would move it just a hair to the right a very fine hair that is :).

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Beadazzle. You are correct. If I listened to everybody else, I'd never get anything done! I'm never listening to anyone else again! And I don't care who knows it.

Just don't tell my wife I said that...


Sue Bowen said...

I think the rest of your composition makes up for the centered tree. The sidewalk and driveway draw me into the picture and the red adds a emement of surprise, as I peep behind the tree, to see the house.

It's a charming painting. Love it!