Another consideration when creating a composition is the concept of enclosure--the use of open form or closed form. In doing a bit more reading on this concept, I found some interesting information in “Design Basics” by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak. (I liked their descriptions.) Open form is a partial glimpse of a portion of a scene that continues beyond the “borders” of the piece—the eye is led outside the composition. Open form creates a casual, momentary feeling, with elements moving on and off the format in an informal manner. Closed form consists of a complete scene within the “borders”—focus stays within the composition. Closed form is more formal and structured.
For the first portion of this week’s exercise (closed form), I was instructed to “find or draw a picture of a simple flower or plant.” For inspiration, I used a picture I had taken of a daylily. I drew it and painted it using acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, and Inktense water-soluble ink pencils. I backed it with fusible web and fused it to my background fabric. I was also supposed to “create an interesting border to frame the work.” I didn't get that done (life intervened). The entire flower is enclosed within the boundaries of the composition.
- How much depth is there in this composition and can you increase it?
- Are you drawn in as a viewer?
- What is the most interesting part of your subject?
- How can you create and open-form depiction of this subject?
- Do you think a border will be useful?
- What would happen if parts of your subject escaped the frame?
I think the open form is much more interesting. The composition is more complex (which would probably make it more interesting alone).