I'm an out of the box thinker, and sometimes, following rules just doesn't feel right. When I finally learned the rules that is!
So, I do what, I do....AND recently, it has proven to be somewhat of a success.
I have had a few people ask what technique I use. "I just paint what I feel and see"...Is always my answer. I don't have any written guidelines or steps. (taking pictures of my art as I go for a future post)
Many, many artists could argue...there are composition rules, rules of the thirds, the golden ratio or also known as the geometric form....etc.
I will never argue that these techniques are quite pleasing to the eye/onlooker BUT, can art be created without these rules and still be pleasing? Of course!
One of my favorite rules....NOT! Is, Do not place your main object of focus in the centre of your piece and alone'
There is the rules of the third......if you were to fold your paper (letter size for argument sake) twice as if getting it ready to fit ever so nicely into an envelope....then do the same thing from the opposite end of the paper, giving this wonderful sheet an even 9 squares. Those meeting points (4 of them) are your thirds... Now, if you look closely at most paintings/drawings, you will see that majority of the time, the eye will focus on one of those thirds, because the artist has placed the main object there....whether it be with use of larger item, the light/dark or most brilliantly coloured.
This technique helps carry your eye around the piece so you take in all it's glory to see the painters story.
Cool right? Of course it is.
But Leonardo did not do this with the famous Mona Lisa did he? Some will argue however that her sitting position holds a very geometrical triangular stance which still carries the rules.
Now, in most cases, I tend the paint that very same way...unknowing to me when I did not know this rule....as it looks pleasing to the eye and somehow just completes the piece nicely.
BUT, DO YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES?
I say, no...there are artists who do not. Look at Picasso for example.... Much controversy around his pieces but intriguing non the less... many of his pieces did not follow the rules, as a matter of fact....I read an article that states he mastered the rules so he could break them. ;)
I'm not here to debate or to prove anything....just an artist looking at all the views and thinking about all the possibilities.
Take some time to read about Picasso.... a brilliantly unique artist.