Symphonic Composition Workshop
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One would be hard put to deny that there is an underlying power to great paintings. The question is: what is that power? Is it solely the spirit of the artist coupled with a mastery of drawing and color? There are many well-drawn and painted works of art. Yet very few of them would be considered great paintings.
If a hierarchy is applied to the visual craft of painting, I believe that both drawing and color would be second to composition. They are all critically important, but it is composition that binds and moves the viewers eye throughout a painting in a rhythmic cadence.
Rhythm is the primary conduit to the viewers viscera. It is what moves and carries the emotional qualities. The active force of music is rhythm. It is the same with painting.