I hadn’t meant to stop when I checked a link on JigZone. Something caught my eye and I clicked on it. I am not sure who create this jigsaw. Please let me know this image is yours and I will credit!
I was attracted to this image called Kayaks on the Beach because it was so well composed. To understand what I mean view this video.
The Golden Mean is a mathematical formulae artists (and many others) use to divide up a canvas so that the composition is appealing.
I have divided the scene into the proportions for you to the right so that you can see that the artist has
- created a main focal point of interest
- seemed to divide the painting into 2 equal halves of contrasting colour (sand and blue)
- augmented this division with a strip of dark green mountain that divides the canvas working the colour composition into an analogous trilogy
- has disturbed the simplicity of the tranquil scene by arranging a analogous triangle superimposed (literally) on to te serene and still scene
- the triangle seems to have been deliberately laid out to lead the eye toward the peak of the triangle
The formality of the composition enticed me to think this was a painting and not a photograph.
- Can we paint with a camera?
- Go out into nature and take a photo that you can work with.
- Try your best to compose it according to the Golden Mean in the camera viewer.
- Take it back to you studio and further work on the composition in Photoshop or another editor.
- When you are very happy with the composition draw it onto a canvas and paint the painting.
- Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com Guide. Using the Golden Mean.
- Kayaks on the Beach Jigzone.com (Please claim credit if this photo is yours)
- JigZone. Registration. HowTo.
- Hilbig,C (2013) Yes You Too Can Learn to Draw. (Please comment)
- Global Citizens Creative Arts Text. Insights and Activities.
- Teachers Pay Teachers. Open Market Place for Educators
- How to Make Online Jigsaws Printable Worksheet PDF
- Video on the Golden Mean. Uploaded to Youtube by Angie Greek (2007)