Esther J. Williams 's comment on Defining Hard, Soft and Lost Edges In Your Paintings

Esther J. Williams
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Enjoyed reading your explanation Lori! I agree with the lightest light against the darkest dark. Creating that soft edge gives poetry to the piece where the retina can rest. The harder edge can be considered as higher energy areas and the soft edges considered as low energy. Too much high energy can cause agitation on the retina. I want the eye to go to the high energy focal area, then lead the eye from the focal point with subtle lines, edges or shapes to throughout the remaining picture space. I do arrange the composition so that the center of focus is in or near one of the golden mean or the thirds section.

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