Seven Elements that Create Great Art for Your Space

Art is everywhere. It surrounds us in nature with beautiful treelines, rich colours across the skylines, various patterns and plenty of spaces. It just takes a camera and someone with a knack for capturing the art around us in a single snap of a camera that can then be framed and displayed where you can see it daily.

Where you display it is entirely your choice, but you should know that the right photos can tell stories and those will impact how you feel. Fact is, businesses know art can inspire creativity and reduce stress. That’s why, as you’re sitting in the waiting room of the dentist, there’s usually good quality artwork, framed and hung professionally in the waiting room.

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The Seven Elements of Great Art

The Colours
There’s an emotional element attached to all colours. Colour theory about emotional relations to different colours and intensities of each have been studied since Newton’s time. All studies agree on the same premise: Bright colours feel good, dark colours don’t.

The Form
Form can be defined in a few different ways. However, as an element of art inside a frame, it’s something that’s three-dimensional, so it doesn’t look flat when it’s on display inside a frame. There’s a focal point in the picture. An item, a person, or a place.

Lines

Every photo and work of art is made of lines. There’s just so many of them, all different weights, some straight (diagonally, horizontally and vertically), some curved, and some done freeform. One squiggle can be all of those. Every letter is made of lines.

Patterns

In nature, if you look closely at a leaf, you can see the stem going up the middle and veins branching out from that stem; similar to the pattern of a tree trunk with branches. The stem looks like the trunk, and the veins can resemble the branches.

In nearly all photos, patterns can make the image more appealing, even if it’s just a repeated border pattern on the frame itself.

Shapes

Shapes are one of the first things we’re taught in nursery school. To recognise them. We aren’t taught what they can do in pictures and art though unless you study it later. Then you’d learn that squares can signify strength, ellipses can represent movement, and you can use triangles to lead a viewer’s eye upwards.

Space

For photographs, the space is already there, but for drawings and paintings, a 3D effect is achieved using tricks to create an illusion. That’s done by overlapping, shading, and using strategic placement of various objects in the art.

The next time you look at a painting, look closely at how the artist has used different shapes by overlapping, shading and the placement of different objects to create a three-dimensional look. 

Texture
Texture can bring a boring piece of art to life by adding vital details needed to make an art piece look more realistic, take, for example, a portrait painted on canvas. Just painting a hairline wouldn’t look spectacular. But when you can add different brushstrokes, balanced with light and dark strokes, the texture of the hair becomes more realistic. It’s the same with all paintings. Brush strokes are used to add a depth of perception to the art.