|kieferart FAQ: Blank Canvas|
"I'm staring at a blank canvas. Where do I start?"
I think the answer lies in why you're staring at a blank canvas at all. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Are you working from life or a photo? Both have their issues. Life is so literal and endless it forces us to condense it drastically and also presents the challenge of changing light. Working from a photo has a built-in periphery, but most often the image is small and sometimes vague in terms of color and detail. Study your subject carefully. Ask yourself specific questions about it.
But, if you discover that you just LOVE your subject and that your idea to translate it to canvas is sound ... well then, I'm guessing you're having a technical problem. Once you've analyzed your subject, it should just fall on the canvas. For instance, if you know without a doubt what your points of interest are, you will instinctively place the image on the canvas so that they will be prominent. Those points will visually have focus because you will use sharper edges, more saturated color and a more dynamic value range compared to the rest of the image. You're a human so composition (balance) is natural. Something else to keep in mind ... people, hopefully, will see it. The biggest mistake beginners make is to place the image too large on the canvas. Give your viewer some credit - INVITE them into your world gently. If you want to grab them and yell in their face, go ahead and make the subject YUUUUUUGE, use PRIMARY COLORS, but most often a work of art stays on a wall much longer if it's friendly and inviting.
If after all this you still hesitate, you might want to take a refresher course from someone. It never hurts to review the basics.
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