3 Great ways to get a painting started.
(A three part posting)
Part 2 – Establish a viewpoint.
A viewpoint is two things. One: how the viewer sees the image; and Two: how the image portrays your concept.
How do people understand how to view your idea? You can also have a point of view embedded into the image such as perspective, but that is not the viewpoint of this discussion.
Are you painting to show how well you paint, or to say something, or to respond to your life experiences and your accumulated opinions? Or maybe you just like to paint stuff. Some folks paint flowers, some dogs, some events of the world and some paint the fantasies of all our dreams. Whatever you paint it has a viewpoint, even an abstraction has to be abstracted from something.
Every piece of artwork needs to establish a definite point of view, both visually and emotionally. Ask yourself: how will this image tell the story, is it close up, far away, from the side or below? Where is the horizon, where is the vanishing point, the perspective, or is there one? Will you use color or texture or special effects to tell the story? Are we in the picture with the subject or outside looking in? What is the object of the painting?
Will the viewer gain or see a specific opinion, an anticipation, or disgust, or sympathy for the subject? Does your subject need to push the viewer in a direction, as in taking a different look at something? Or they may have overlooked something; perhaps your painting is just to show beauty.
How is the art piece going to set in the world? Is it emotional, or shocking, or nostalgic? Is it a visual perspective or an environmental foggy wet, or desert dry viewpoint? A bug’s eye view or a bird’s eye view, or a leader or a follower? Is it everybody’s view or a special peek?
There are so many variations on this, and you can use many viewpoints in one picture, but the core idea needs one main viewpoint to focus on.
By establishing a conceptual and/or visual viewpoint you can get control of, and use of so many variables.
Start by thinking how someone will first see the image, and then how the image is rendered both in style and in choice of media, and then how the elements in the image are portrayed. That can include perspective or graphic, or abstract or brush stroke style, etc., etc.
Here are 3 elements to establish:
1 – Establish what is being communicated;
2 – Establish what is being seen;
3 – Establish how it is being portrayed.
These 3 points may seem very simple but they are most often overlooked.
Now you have established a viewpoint: we are seeing this idea in this way, and you are ready to put a view point into perspective.