Monday, June 28, 2010

Odd man out

Having studied studio art in college, before passing over to art history for my M.A. and Ph.D., I've studied and practiced designing compositions. I don't pretend to know everything, and other artists may follow different principles, but since I get so much pleasure from creating my own designs, I thought I'd share my thoughts with you, so that you can experience this fun, too.

This needlepoint--a present for a friend for the birth of her first child (she requested the strawberries)--shows one of the principal ways to keep your design lively: use odd/uneven numbers of principal items. The sides have 3 strawberries, while the top and bottom (counting again the corner berries) have 5.

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