One last thing for me to check, now that I’ve printed some test pieces, is the balance of the picture. A successful composition draws in the viewer and pulls their eye across the whole painting so that everything is taken in and finally settles on the main subject of the painting. In his Notes of a Painter, Henri Matisse defined it this way:“Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the diverse elements at the painter’s command to express his feelings. One way that artists achieve this is using the rule of thirds, the other is the Golden Mean.
The Elements of Composition in art are used to arrange or organize the components in a way that is pleasing to the artist and, hopefully, the viewer. It helps give structure to the layout and the way the subject is presented. It also encourages or leads the viewer’s eye to wander around the whole painting, taking in everything and ultimately coming back to rest on the focal point. In Western art they are generally considered to be unity, balance, movement, rhythm, focus, contracts, pattern and proportion. So, with all this in mind, I’ve been playing around with a view finder until I am happy with the result.
I’ve decided to remove 30mm from the depth of the picture to make the composition better. Now, finally, it’s ready for printing.