Useful Questions Is the image representational or non-representational? Where does your eye travel first when you look at the painting? Is there a focal point? How is that focal point indicated? How is the space used? Is there a lot “empty space”? What types of shapes do you see? How are those shapes interacting? Is the composition balanced? If so, how is it balanced? Symmetrically? Asymmetrically?
Useful Questions Is line an important aspect of this composition? Are the lines contour or implied? Where do the lines in the composition direct your eyes? What is the quality of the lines used? Are they thick? Thin? Broken? Straight? Jagged? What “mood” or “feeling” do the lines create? Do they create a mood?
Useful Questions Does the image have a light source? If so is the light source on the picture plane or beyond the picture frame? Is the light source conventional (i.e. a lamp, the sun, etc.)? Is the quality of the light direct or indirect? Is the light harsh or soft? Is there a high contrast between light and dark? Could the light have some kind of symbolic component? What is the overall impact of the light in this composition?
Useful Questions Do the shapes in this composition appear to have a three-dimensional quality? Do some shapes appear to be “heavier” than others? Do areas of the painting attract your attention more than others?
Talking about Color: Hues, Tints, Shades and Tones Hue
Useful Questions What colors do you see in this image? Do these colors appear to fit it into a specific color scheme? Are the colors light or dark? Dull or bright? Warm or cool? Does the placement of color group any figures together? Does it draw your attention to any place on the picture plane? What mood do the colors seem to promote? Does this contradict or echo the mood promoted by other elements?
Mass Line Texture Color Light Actual Texture Simulated Texture the presence of surface—either actual or simulated.
Useful Adjectives Does the medium of this work create a distinctive, tactility? Is their actual texture? Is there an effort to create the illusion of texture? What textures to you see? Are the rough? Smooth? Wet? Dry? Soft? Hard? Hot? Cold? Strong? Fragile? How does texture interact with the other elements in this composition? What is the overall impact of texture in this image?
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