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19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance

19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance
Imagine a boulder leaning too far over the cliff’s edge. Seeing that boulder you think it should come crashing down the mountainside. It’s out of balance and you feel the tension of the impending crash. A similar feeling happens in your visitors when the composition of your design is visually out of balance. In a couple of previous posts I talked about visual balance and in each I briefly mentioned the idea of visual weight in order to achieve visual balance. Composition 8 by Kandinsky (above) is a study in visual weight, direction, and balance. What is Visual Balance? Visual balance (PDF) results from 2 major factors, visual weight and visual direction. Consider the image below of a small block and a large block on a lever. You likely see the larger block as being much heavier than the smaller block. The main force acting on the large block is gravity which is acting downwards. Optical Center Objects and elements balance around a point. Every shape has a geometric center. Photography

Art and the art world Most Popular Artists The most popular artist searches last month: a not-to-be-taken-too-seriously measurement of which famous artists have the greatest "mindshare" in our collective culture. Moving up: Edgar Degas (#22 to #12), Titian (#28 to #18), and realist painter Janet Fish (appearing for the first time on the list at #29). Moving down: Joan Miro (#13 to #19), Wassily Kandinsky (#11 to #24) and Paul Gauguin (#21 down to #32). 3D Paintings on Panes of Glass Using multiple layers of clear glass, Canada based David Spriggs and Chinese born Xia Xiaowan, transform flat artwork into 3D sculptures. Viewers are treated to different shifting perspectives of the works based on where they stand in the art space. Spriggs work revolves around powerful explosive imagery, often resembling storms, cosmic blasts or firework like explosions. See Also INCREDIBLE 3D ILLUSTRATIONS JUMP OUT OF THE SKETCHBOOK For more on David Spriggs see his beautiful website at or for more on Xia Xiaowan see Wikipedia Above and Below: Xia Xiaowan’s distorted 3D figures Artist: Xia Xiaowan Below: David Spriggs beautiful paintings fill the room with stormy emotion. Artist: David Spriggs Artist: David Spriggs Source:

142 Fantastically Funky Modern Furniture Designs Funky Furnitures: 142 Creative Modern Furniture Designs Article by Urbanist, filed under Furniture & Decor in the Design category. We sit on it during the day, sleep on it at night, eat off it and even look at our reflection in it – but how much thought do we really give our functional and space-saving furniture and the rooms we have full of it? Some designers have gone to great lengths to get us to view even the most mundane pieces of furniture in a new and different light. From creative transformable, collapsible and comfortable designs to incredible flat-pack, funky and futuristic ones here are one hundred and forty-two furniture innovations that will at least turn heads. 18 Brilliant and Bizarre Modern Bed Designs We spend a third of our lives in them so why not make our beds the center of attention, the most marvelous, strange and sensational pieces of furniture we own? 20 Uncomfortably Cool Contemporary Chair Designs 16 Marvelous Modern Table Designs 24 Crazy Contemporary Clock Designs

LUSH LIFE 2 Exhibit @ Roq La Rue | “Diorama of Endless Desires” oil on canvas 48″x 60″ image SOLD New York has the Jonathan Levine Gallery among others. Los Angeles offers art venues like Gallery 1988. Last year Anderson curated a group exhibit at Roq La Rue titled, LUSH LIFE. “While many galleries in the “underground”/Pop Surrealism art scene have increasing turned towards street art, Roq la Rue has decided to instead focus on the more formal, Symbolist -inspired painters in the genre. Beginning last Friday, March 12th, and running all the way until May 7th, is the sequel to that event, LUSH LIFE 2. If you are interested in acquiring any of the available pieces and/or viewing them in person, please contact Roq La Rue at : 2316 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98121-1710 (206) 374-8977 Gallery is open on Wed – Sat. or visit “The Ghost Of Laura From The Reeds” acrylic, graphite on board 16″ x 20″ image 20″ x 24″ framed (ornate oval frame with convex glass)HOLD [Click Image to View Detail] “Laura From The Reeds” study “Nomad”

Kris Kuksi Apocalyptic Sculptures by Kris Kuksi is a 36-year-old sculptor from Missouri, USA. His sculptures are created out of discarded toys, old mechanical parts and other tossed away items. The sheer amount of detail within is work is truly incredible. According to Kuksi’s artist statement, his work is “feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’. In any case, Kuksi’s mindblowingly detailed toy sculptures remind us that trash and discarded materials can be refashioned into nearly anything we want.

Chinese Artist Huang Guofu Paints Using Only His Mouth & Feet Huang Guofu didn’t let the childhood accident that left him armless at the age of four interfere with his love for painting. Instead, he taught himself to paint with his feet at the age of 12. He recalls staying up all night at times just to practice. After his father fell ill, Guong, 18 at the time, quit school and decided to pursue painting as a profession in order to help pay for treatments. He started selling his art on the streets where some purchased his work purely out of sympathy. Guong soon started traveling to different cities to sell his artwork; after hearing that his paintings lacked elegance because of his technique, he taught himself to use the brush with his teeth. His effort and dedication have not gone unnoticed. (Via CNTV)

Artist Alexei Antonov