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Mount Shasta, Illusion of Grandeur

Mount Shasta: Illusion of Grandeur Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann 18×29 Golden Mean Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars Framing 4″ Dark costume wood frame Signed Lower Left – Baumann GV Date Completed: 2014 On Verso Masterpiece C Pro, Hand written by the Artist, Illusion of Grandeur, Mt. Shasta, Stefan Baumann, 2014 Artist’s Comment This paintng represents a style of painting called Romantic Realism, a truly American way of seeing and painting the Grand American landscape. Early painters who traveled west like Albert Bierstadt, Fredric Church and Thomas Moran wanted to see if the grand landscapes that…

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Great Compositions ~ Part 2

                                                              Part 2 ~ Using the Golden Mean in Compositions The post, “Composition, Part 1,” was about the importance of creating a strong composition using the Golden Mean and how to  place and draw the lines of the Mean on the canvas before beginning to sketch.  In “Composition, Part 2,” placing the primary and secondary focal points and directional lines using the Golden Mean is explored.  Artists who know about and use the lines of the Golden Mean to place focal points and create dynamic movement in their paintings are able to subtly excite the viewer’s interest and entice them…

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Stefan Baumann’s Newsletter, 2-14-2014

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Create Appealing Compositions ~ As Easy as Phi 1.638

Golden Mean, The Divine Proportion, Golden Ratio, PHI = 1.618 The ability to create appealing compositions is at the heart of painting original pieces of art.  Though there is very little written about the Golden Ratio, artists who can powerfully work with  the Golden Mean in their compositions are able to create pleasing original paintings.  The Golden Section or Ratio is found everywhere  ~ in the design and beauty of nature and human beings, and it is also found in paintings that are composed with an essence of proportion that allows viewers to feel a sense of harmony. The Divine Proportion was…

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