Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Transitions soften oppositions

colored pencil on paper
5 in x 7in
copyright 2013 Rose Welty

This post follows on from Opposition: it's everywhere you look. I'm currently reading through Dow's book on composition and thought I'd share what I am learning.

Defined by Dow, Transition is when "opposition is softened and an effect of unity and completeness produced."

There is just about some transition in the cardinal piece above, that slanting branch tries to unify the branch the bird is on and the edge of the image. This drawing went out a few weeks ago to my newsletter subscribers and there will be another newsletter coming out this week. Don't forget to sign up.

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