Class: Focal Point

Focal Point: (As with all the classes, they will continue to evolve.  This page will change as I develop the class.)

When I purchased my Lytro camera in 2014 my intention was to use the light field technology of the images in workshops to be able to show students quickly how shifting focus of an image controls the viewers’ eyes. The Lytro allows you to watch different areas of a single image become focused or unfocused, perfect for teaching the importance of Focal Point in painting and drawing.

All of the images in this class will be Lytro images.  Click on any portion of the image and watch it change!

Before beginning a painting or drawing , it’s helpful to ask yourself the following questions.

What caught your attention and inspired you to paint the subject you’ve chosen?  What excites you as you explore your subject a bit more? What do you want your viewers to see when they stop to experience your painting? What mood do you want to communicate?

Questions to ask yourself before you consider your painting resolved:

Will your viewers know what inspired you?

Regarding edges:

Do the edges between shapes help to convey your mood?

Is your edgework appropriate for the role of either lead actor or supporting actor?

Should your depth of field be narrower?  wider?

Regarding values:

Does the value range express the mood you wish to express? i.e. high key, mid, key, low key, narrow range, full range, high contrast, low contrast?

Are your strongest value contrasts found at your focal point(s)?

Regarding Color:

Are your strongest intensity colors found at your focal point(s)?