Oct 10, 2011

Focal points

The Steimel Forest, 6.75x9.25" watercolor

Through Facebook I was invited to the Oil Painters of America paint out in the historic town of Salisbury, NC that took place this past weekend during the town’s annual October Tour. I was graciously given a place to stay with Herb and Phyllis Steimel. Phyllis Steimel is an accomplished artist and founding member of Plein Air Carolina.

In the 90’s I taught graphic design at the University of Minnesota. Directing the viewer’s eye is as important in graphics as it is in painting. There are several ways to add emphasis to whatever it is you want to be your focal point — size, isolation, color, contrast, and/or inherent interest. As wonderful as Phyllis’ paintings are, the deer trophies in the Steimels’ den were for me the focal point of the lower level of the house.

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