Monday, July 25, 2011

The 30-3-3 Rule

The 30-3-3 Rule is something that was recently attributed to Michael Workman- an artist whose work I admire-but I've also heard variations of it over the years attributed to many different sources. It goes something like this: From 30 feet a painting should catch your attention and draw you across the room; from 3 feet it should show the artist's intentions, the concept, the story; and from 3 inches it should be visually interesting to look at. This seems to me to be a worthy goal to aim for in my own work.

I finally had time to tinker with the images of Summer Aspens to get something that is much closer to the original. Here it is with some details.








6 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Finely illustrated. Summer Aspens achieves the 30-3-3 rule absolutely well.

Caroline said...

Your painting has a beautiful old world feel to it, almost like a Constable. It certainly has the 30-3-3 rule applied.

Philip Koch said...

Good painting!

Tim Holton said...

One thing about that rule is that it reminds us of the decorative and architectural aspects of painting. Great advice!

Deborah Paris said...

Thanks Casey, Caroline and Philip!

I agree, Tim.

Anya said...

Your blog is a breath of fresh air. It resonates with me a lot. Beautiful, savvy subtlety.