Friday, May 1, 2009

Employing suggestions from John Salminen

Several of my art friends have been working with design suggestions from John Salminen. They attended his workshop and/or viewed his video. I have seen great results from Salmenin's ideas and I decided I would try to use ideas that he teaches in a simple oil painting (my results = the painting above).

Here is what Katherine van Schoonhoven gleaned from seeing his video:
1. Look for a good white shape in your design. It should be about 1/3 of the paper and touch 3 sides. It should be irregular, unpredictable, and oblique.

2. Establish dominance. Shape dominance -- geometric or curvilinear temperature dominance -- warm or cool. The 80/20 rule works well in establishing approximately how much of which. Dominance gives cohesion to a painting. Avoid 50/50 because it violates the idea of dominance.

3. Ideas for keeping painting interesting:
add texture -- use techniques without drawing undue attention to them ..salt, stamping, lifting, atomizer, ...(Salminen's work is watercolor..and I skipped this as salt and oil paint doesn't seem compatible. haha)
edges -- pay attention to the edges and use them to create intensity
linkage -- stepping values between dark shape and white/light shape
repetition -- design element that adds unity.
center of interest -- this area should have the strongest value contrast.

(Special thanks to John Salminen, Carolyn Rondthaler, Carrie Holst, Donna Sanson and Katherine van Schoonhoven for sharing these excellent design suggestions for a successful painting!) 

My painting based on Salminen's suggestions is oil on 6 x 6 masonite panel


Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Beautiful painting! You've taken the ideas and made them work!

Bill Sharp said...

This has a very fresh feel to it and great color.

Thank you very much for bestowing the Lemonade award on me. It was thoughtful of you to think of me.

Marian Fortunati said...

Love the painting... thanks for sharing the tips!!!

Glad found this from FB!

r garriott said...

Great colors. Good tips!

Dean H. said...

Very well done. Squinting really brings out your underlying design! Great color.

Carrie said...

I like your big chunky shapes and color. lots of movement and just overall pleasing to my eye.

Celeste Bergin said...

thanks Katherine, Bill, Marian, r, Dean and Carrie! I appreciate the comments!