Composition is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of art creation. It’s also one of the most important aspects to get right. If your composition is weak, then your work is also weak. Even if you have a full range of value, your proportions are correct, and you’ve used the medium as a master – if your composition is poorly planned and executed, then your art could be considered a failure.
Thankfully, composition is one of those things that we can get right with a little planning and knowledge. It doesn’t require “talent” and it definitely isn’t about “guesswork”. There are a few “rules” we can consider when we plan our works so that we can be successful every time.
Painting by Robert Harris 1887 oil on canvas.