Harmony of Direction





Klimt has used a variety of wavering vertical lines contrasting with a single, distant horizontal line to develop this curtain like veil of birch trees. The composition is very simple and held together by the strong, harmonious, vertical direction.

To create the shimmering effect of light spilling through the curtain of trees, Klimt has used tiny patches of raw color. Strong orange, red and Ultramarine visually blend to create a glistening, animated feeling of dappled light, aided by the warm/cool color balance. (click to magnify)

Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) “Beech Grove” (1902)



The pattern of fish, in the swirling mass of a large school, display a rhythmic harmony of direction. Individual members of the school simultaneously change course producing the effect of a single, fluid shaped organism moving through the water.

Harmony of Direction


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John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      




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