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Principles of art: Unity/variety

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

A painting needs both unity and variety. Too much unity makes it dull, and too much variety creates chaos. The best is to have areas of interest in your composition along with places for your eyes to rest.

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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.

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

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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