What does a judge look for in a painting?

  • “Composition” – stay out of the center
  • “Shapes” – shapes are unique and different
  • “Lines”  – lead you through a painting
  • “Edges”  – hard to soft; soft edges around the outside and harder in the interior and at the focal point
  • “Color”  – one color dominates, use an analogous color wheel
  • “Values”  – light to dark, enhance the focal point
  • “Texture”  – use tools in a variety of expressive ways to create texture

Order of a painting

  • Stay out of the center – mark the center of your canvas and the center of each edge as a reminder
  • What shapes – big to small
  • Values – light to dark
  • Colors – what is your mother or dominate color that you can satellite out from