Good composition is like a suspension bridge - each line adds strength and takes none away.
No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
Now, to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravity before going for a walk.
Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
The word compositon moved me spiritually and I made it my aim in life to paint a composition. It affected me like a prayer and filled me with awe.
Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.
The photographer has almost as much control over his subject matter as a painter. He can control light and shade, form and space, pattern and texture, motion and mood, everything except composition.
Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the various elements which the painter uses to express his sentiments. In a picture every separate part will be visible and... everything which has no utility in the picture is for that reason harmful.
The act of composition is a series of discoveries.
Thus then a single harmony orders the composition of the whole...by the mingling of the most contrary principles.
One compositional element suggests and asks for another. This is what makes the activity interesting.
The way we see is critical to understanding how others will read our compositions.
The composition is the organized sum of the interior functions of every part of the work.
My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.
A composition is an arrangement, built out of parts, that aims at seamlessness.
I just walk around, observing the subject from various angles until the picture elements arrange themselves into a composition that pleases my eye.
Composition is selective improvisation.
Composition is frozen improvisation.
Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away... Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.
The right use of color can make any composition work.
When we look at a painting, listen to a piece of music, read a novel, or watch a movie we are taking in the artist's composition. The composition is the totality of the work.
I put in my pictures everything I like. So much the worse for the things - they have to get along with one another.
Even in front of nature one must compose.
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
Composition, the aim of which is expression, alters itself according to the surface to be covered. If I take a sheet of paper of given dimensions, I will jot down a drawing which will have a necessary relation to its format.
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