"Using Negative Space to Improve Your Composition"
by SHARON WEAVER
Teaching has helped me to see common mistakes that many new artists make. One is looking at and focusing entirely on the objects or things you are painting. This isn't wrong but by only focusing on the object it can often look like it is floating in space or unattached. There isn't a connection to anything around it.
To counter this outcome, I approach a still life by looking at the negative space. Seeing the space around the objects and making that area interesting can anchor the subject and make the composition much more unusual. This concept of concentrating on negative space can be used when painting any genre including my favorite, landscapes.
|See the space between and around trees to place objects|
|The sky holes as the negative space|
|Now you can see in this painting where the negative space is...|
Sharon teaches Outdoor Landscape Painting on Fridays, 10am-1pm. Take a mini vacation with her and learn more art tips and tricks to develop your skills!