You might ask, “What is the difference between "good" art and "bad" art” This is a big question with a lot of answers.
Your first question should be, does it appeal to me?
Ask yourself, what is it about this piece of art that draws me in?
I like it, but why?
When I ask this question of students during our first meeting, they many times don't know what to say other than, I like it. I like the colors. I will ask "what is it about the colors that you like?"
Most times it is difficult for them to answer. It is hard for the non-artist or the beginning to pinpoint why a piece appeals to them.
Why is it that some images appeal to you and others do not?
The first thing you need to know is that there is a formula that artists use to create visually interesting works of art. It’s called Artistic Composition. Artistic Composition refers to the arrangement of the elements and principles of art. Understanding these elements and principles is the first step to creating visually interesting art or collecting art that you will love.
Whether you are an art lover looking to buy a piece of art or an aspiring artist you should be familiar with the guidelines of composition.
The elements work with the principles to create a pleasing composition.
The elements are:
Let’s look at the painting below and see how they work together.
This is a Maxfield Parrish Illustration. Parrish was known for his gorgeous use of color.
Color is the first thing I see in this painting.
Why is the color so striking?
One reason is the contrast in warm and cool colors. Warm colors are reds, yellows and some violets. Cool colors are blues, greens and some violets. You can see warmth on the figure's body and the hills. You see the cool blue sky in the background.
In this painting, you might say that the composition uses the element of color with the principle of contrast. If the painting was all shades of gray, it would not be as exciting or visually interesting.