Garden Scene At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Garden Grass


Garden scene at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Garden Grass

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I had an eye on the plants in my Garden Grass piece for a while, but hadn’t ever found a composition that I was happy with.  They got my attention again so I worked on finding a pleasing way to put them in the frame.  I loved the single dew drop at the tip of the center blade as well as how the lush foreground greens arched up and out.  Artistically, I couldn’t let the sharp tips of the blades on either side be out of focus (e.g., by focusing deeper into the scene) so I used them as my focal point.  That decision let the middleground and background blades naturally fade while providing some separation for the foreground (even though they share the same colors and shapes).  If you’re a regular reader, then you may recall my post concerning background objects being visible and how I normally attempt to prevent that from happening.  This provides an example of where I allowed a busier background to exist and depended on perceived sharpness to create distinction between the layers.


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Author: Steven Dillon

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