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A successful painting

It is generally agreed that a successful painting consists of the following:

  • It is unified
  • It has some variety created by areas of contrast and emphasis
  • It is visually balanced
  • It guides the viewer's eye around the composition.

The principles of art are often interlaced, and one will frequently depend on the other. That means that one principle of art can influence the effect and impact of another.

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The visual elements of a composition should feel balanced and stable. Imbalance causes the viewer to feel disturbed.

The elements and principles of art and design are the foundation of the language we use when we speak about art.

A painting will feel unified when all the elements fit together comfortably.

Rhythm comes from movement implied through the elements of art in an organised but varied way.

It moves the viewer's eye around and inside the image.

Contrast is when each element of art in a composition is made stronger in relation to the other. When next to each other, contrasting elements are among the first places that the viewer's eye is drawn.

A pattern is a consistent repetition of any of the elements of art or any combination of it.

It is mainly achieved through contrast.

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