I’ll give you a few points and eventually take you across one of my paintings to demonstrate what I’m doing.

What does the “first plane” mean?

The first portion is the area nearest the spectator in the painting. Naturally, this concept affects Western art, in which the image space is separated into the backdrop, center, and foreground. A painting may display the illusion of depth and retrograde space from a linear and aerial perspective especially in landscapes

Why would it be so difficult to construct the foreground?

The gateway into your art is the foreground. The audience is welcomed into the photo room. And it can pose a concern if the foreground is a wide field with little in it. We don’t know what to do with this whole room! We fear that they will be dull so that we can take everything that can keep the spectator from going into the art that is just what we want them to do!

All of this will create a conflict between the front, center, and history. We may go into space but we are still drawn back to the foreground: we cannot wander through the painting with joy. This stress keeps us from going into the room of the frame!

What do I do, then? What color are we going to make? Or how much intensity or temperature is there? How bright or dark?

We are also given recipes – colder, cooler, lighter, hard-edged, and informative paints in the foreground. So what about the cool or light foreground? Or is the strength low? Or soft edges filled?

Note that in the most opposing sector of a painting the focus of the spectator normally heads to. This is where the emphasis frequently lies. Contrast is the most striking value, but contrast may also appeal to the visor in colors, shapes, color temperatures, details, edges, and textures.

That implies that we do not want such a difference in the foreground (unless the emphasis is there).

Let’s look at the piece I did, which reveals how I treat the front.

First the shot from a walkabout on the island of Salt Spring. I have been investigating the opportunities for Michele and Christine’s Richard McKinley studio. I love the grasses in September!

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