|"Sleeping Ginger," painted in black ink on scratchboard|
In painting an outdoor scene, the point of view is critical, certainly for the lighting of the main subject, but also for guiding the eye of the viewer, making it travel into the painting toward the main subject. You can pull the observer into a landscape painting by using natural perspective lines which converge as they move further away: a fenceline running away from the viewer, a road getting narrower as it travels back from the foreground, a river flowing into the distance. You can use tree branches or the arrangement of buildings to create a visual tunnel, through which your subject is revealed.
|Not so interesting|
|The grave stones lead the eye inward|
|Pulling back really helped frame the scene|
Here is the final result, my newest painting "Citico Chuch".