Lately I have concentrated on making sure my paintings have proper edge control. There are a few questions to ask before completing a painting. Those about edges are as follows.

Is there a variety of edges; soft, hard, lost, transitional and others?

Do the harder edges lead you in and around the painting?

Are the sharpest and most prominent in or next to the center of interest?

How is the light hitting your subject to make the edges soft or hard?

How does the atmosphere affect edges?

More questions can be asked, at least these can help.

The impressionists bent the rules a bit when it comes to edges. On the other extreme there are the realists.

Take a look at a few impressionist's paintings.




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