Cropping Is A Powerful Tool

Cropping is a powerful tool, how do you use it? What is the best way to use it? How can cropping make my work better.

I’d like to share with you some of the images I’ve cropped recently, which have then resulted in a better all round composition.  This tool is tied to that of finding new inspiration in old subjects.  The other thing that cropping does, is to isolate areas of an image and to move an image toward abstraction.

Take the photo below.

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

This was the original photo I worked from to produce the following three paintings.  You will see that the first painting has kept most of the image, but cropped out some elements and enhanced others.

Unveiling I NZ Oil Painting - Kadira Jennings

Unveiling I


Then I cropped the image thus….

Misty Morning II

Misty Morning II

And here is the painting…..

Unveiling II Kadira Jennings

Unveiling II

And the last cropping of the work was this….

Misty Morning III

Misty Morning III


And the painting that grew out of the image….

Unveiling III - Oil Painting Kadira Jennings

Unveiling III

So I trust that you can see how an image can create several sources of inspiration.

This Weeks Question: What images do you have that you can re-look at and find more to be inspired by?

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Post by : Kadira Jennings



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