First, let's get to know Carl
Rungius. He was born in Germany in 1869. He studied art there before
moving to the United States as a young man. He was an avid sportsman and
conservationist as well as a painter. His love of the Rocky Mountains
and big game animals led him to become one of our finest wildlife artists.
(More about Carl
The Art of Composition
Artists have many different goals. Some tell stories with their art.
Others use their art to make a point or express a belief. They share a
unique view of the world, helping us to see things differently. But all
artists use composition to accomplish their goals.
Wildlife artist John Clymer at work
Composition is simply the way that
art elements and principles
to express emotions and ideas. Composition organizes the space and guides
the viewer's eye. Regardless of style, subject or purpose, composition
is used by all artists.
Some artists drew on their particular experience and training and placed
things where they looked "right."
simply painted things "where they ought to go."
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