This is how I teach the 1/3rd composition.  Once it is understood the students will go right to the spot they want without drawing a bunch of lines on their canvas.  They say “A” is the prime spot  with b ,c and “D” are  the lesser preference.



Using my wacom bamboo drawing pad I quickly did a staircase waterfall scene that I can do a quickie 8 x 10 in acrylic then oils to see if it will work out. At this point I am just interested in the comp and color harmony not values or croma’s . You can also see how I will lessen the interest in b,c and d just not of any value in kind.


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Comment by John Regan on April 5, 2012 at 2:55

Great advice jim and so easy to apply cheers John

Comment by Jim Moyer on February 14, 2012 at 3:29

Thank you Marta, we have the fiddlers contest in Weiser Idaho, have you ever played there. I understand it is one of the largest gatherings around. You mentioning the cowboys makes me think of Charley Dye, Cowboy artist, and he was a master of composition using an expanded  golden squares or the Golden Mean. Way too complicated to show in a forum. There were a number of western artist who use it.

Back to work and have a great one all

Comment by Montalvo on February 13, 2012 at 18:02

It was a challenge, but them old timers got together on jam sessions and never stopped. I hung out with them for 4 and half years. Still get together and play. Some of them have passed away. But the whole beauty of this is that they shared there tunes and they were willing to teach me.  Now i'm passing the old tunes to the next generation.

It's been fun. I went to you site. I love your paintings Jim.

Comment by Jim Moyer on February 13, 2012 at 14:08

Thanks Ladies, I am happy you find it helpful. Sometimes it is just  a different way to look at items of interest to turn on a light bulb. I love the fiddle, that has to be a monster challenge to learn.

Comment by Montalvo on February 13, 2012 at 13:10

I Agree with Ann.    Jim.. i really respect your knowledge and your sharing. Im self taught. don't have the pleasure of going to a good academy..  so i decided long time ago that i would pursue my passion on my own,, Along the way, i have learned from the "old Timers"  or should i say the Old Masters that are still alive. Just like the fiddle, i hung out with some old cowboys that taught me how to play the fiddle. I continue to strive forward and if there is some "Master Painter" (as your self) that is willing to share, i will carry on the tradition of sharing. Thank You!

Comment by Ann Turner on February 13, 2012 at 7:37

Hi Jim, Thank you for sharing your knowledge about composition. Learning how other artists "get it done" is one of the things that I enjoy about the Comp Artist. We all can keep growing, learning and trying new things !


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