Another Way to Lead the Eye Around an Aspen Painting

Nature's Reward

“Nature’s Reward”  22×15 watercolor

I haven’t posted anything about leading the eye around an aspen painting since 2014, so I thought it was about time to address another idea. At that time, I talked about leading the eye around with the foliage, logs, and some other things, but this time I wanted to talk about rocks. This watercolor is a good example. I did not actually see this scene – I first saw only the rocks leading up a hill. I liked the design of them – they zigzagged up the hill and, for the most part, were different sizes (interesting). So, I took the rock idea and added the aspens from another photo I had taken.  I also added the suggestion of a path leading through the rocks up to the aspens – so there is another lead in to get you up to the aspens! Notice the one third – two thirds format – one third aspens and background and two thirds foreground/rocks. This makes the lead in more dramatic and also creates more interest by not having equal sizes.

Click on the image to enlarge and notice all the texture in the rocks. Next post will explore ways to do this!
Click on the image to enlarge and notice all the texture in the rocks. Next post will explore ways to do this!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has made you think of some things you hadn’t thought about. Stay tuned for the next one. You may see “Nature’s Reward” under Landscapes on my web site, www.cecyturner.com. I just completed it this month on a trip to Estes Park, Colorado. Thanks for taking a look!

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