The Four Elements of a Masterpiece...According ToPierre H. Matisse
In creative art theperfect, ready made, subject to copy fromdoes not exist. An artist has to compose his creation by the
intellectual process of arranging, rearranging, enlarging a certain part, exaggerating another, as well as eliminating the
superfluous to interpret the subject according to his or her vision. All those manipulations of forms, specific areas, and colors are
necessary to obtain an original artisticinterpretation which will succeed in capturing theinterest of theartist's audience. My
composition strategy is- Simplify- Clarify- Amplify.
Drawing is an expression of our hand writing. It is unique to our personality and our own way of seeing. This combination of
physicalcharacteristics of our nervous and muscular systemalong with our visual sense of observation when mixed with our
creative interpretation can produce beautiful and original drawings. Here practice is thekey to success. My preferred method is to
execute quick five minutes sketches of a figure on an 11"x14" sketch pad with a greasy layout pencil. For developing
composition the charcoal is king. Charcoal is the perfect medium to try out preliminary studies of a composition on cheap
newsprint paper on a big scale. All it takes to learn to draw is a pencil, or a piece of charcoal and some paper. Then follow your
heart and soul. And- practice again and again. Use as much paper as you possibly can. I believe that using vast amounts of paper
is paramount to success. Don't be stiff, let your hand and heart follow their mood. Practice, and a relaxed approach is thekey to
Here, your personal tastein color harmony comes into play. Select a palettewhich suits your temperament. Then experiment to
combine different colors until you build an instinctive color memory, to the point were color becomes second nature. Thepalette
is the keyboard of the painter.
The domino effect. If one paints a black dot on the black domino what happens?Theblack dot cannot be seen. A white dot
painted on a whitedomino does the same thing, perfect camouflage effect. This visual phenomena is the base of value, really a
balancing act between shades of darkness playing against light or vise versa. The choice of intensity in contrast gives the artist
another tool to use in developing his or her own style.
That's it! Here we have it! Very simple indeed, only four elements; Composition, Drawing, Color, Value.
To evaluate the merit of a painting one should get an answer to thesefour important questions:
"Is theComposition original?"
"Is theDrawing powerful?"
"Are the Colors exciting?"
"Do theValues sing?"
If a resounding "yes", is the unequivocal answer to all four questions, it's got to be a masterpiece. If you are the one who painted
it you must be a genius.
7 Elements of Masterpice
1.artistry. this quality which appeals to our sense of beauty.
2.intellectual value. a literary work stimulates thought. it enriches our mental life by making us realize fundamental truths about
life and human nature.
3. suggestiveness. this is thequality associated with the emotional power of literature. great literature moves us deeply and stirs
our feeling and imagination,giving and evoking visions above beyond theplane of ordinary life and experience.
4. spiritualvalue. literature elevates the spirit by bringing out moral values which make us better persons. thecapacity to inspire
us part of the spiritualvalue of literature.
5. permanence. a great work of literature endures. it can be read again and again as each reading gives fresh delight and new
insights and opens new worlds of meaning and experience. it appealis lasting.
6. university. great literature is timeless and timely. forever relevant, it appeals to one and all, anytime, anywhere because it deals
with elemental feelings, fundamental truths, and universal conditions.
7. style. this is the peculiar way in which a writer sees life, forms his ideas and express them. great literature works are marked as
much by their memorable substanceas by their distinctive style. styleshould suit content.