Does every painting need a focal point? Not necessarily. Think of some of the most famous artists’ work… Pollock, Mondrian, Andy Warhol’s repetitive portrait series. These rely not on focal point but on some other method of engagement in the form of texture, colour, pattern.
So why should we have a focal point? It’s part of the trail of breadcrumbs that you as the artist leave for the viewer. Neither too obvious nor too subtle… if you can lead the viewer’s eye through a painting to a point of interest you become the master conductor and your audience will be putty in your hands.
There are many ways to create a focal point and I will get to these in other blog posts. However in this painting I use the principle of contrast… this can be in tone, colour, shape, form or texture. Master the focal point and you will create a powerful experience that will make your audience want to linger in your painting for a long time .
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