How to get your painting to show the focal point you want – or how to deal with competing focal points.
Here is a small, 6×6 painting of a couple roses:
In order to make the front rose into the focal point (actually, if you look at the back roses, they aren’t even roses, just some brush strokes!) I deliberately darkened and muted every single mixture I used for my back roses. The front is brighter, higher saturation, and more detailed, which is why your eye naturally sees it as the focal point. Always keep this in mind when you’re having trouble with a busy painting. I also have the entire process of this painting published on youtube at Los Angeles Academy of Art‘s feed:
These videos show the full, uncut process of how I mix my paints, and how I put them on the canvas in the most easy way possible. All done on my Edge Pro Gear Paintbook which I adore.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Thank you for reading!