King. London: E. Moxon, 188-.
*****Okay. So, did you look at the Gustave Dore works? Did you see how he has a way of drawing the viewer into the story he's trying to tell. Well, he employs all of these ideas:
Original author of ideas is Austin Deuel (or Devel) -
1. Tell a story - Put the human touch in it. Smoke out of a chimney, light in a window. That kind of thing.
2. Create a dramatic mood - Fog, snow, rain, sunset. Even the heat of the day with all the shadows burned out.
3. Dramatic composition - Every painting has to have a strong vertical in it.
Years ago, probably about 22ish, I was showing my portfolio to my husband's friend. I had done a lot of home portraits (mansions, etc.). I got to the end of the photographs and he said, "So what." I was deeply hurt. I had been very successful with these paintings. They had all sold. What in the world was he talking about? I contemplated his comment for a long time and realized that those paintings were a big "so what". I mean they were good representations of the homes and businesses I had painted but they lacked the human element in EVERY way. They were in a sense-BLAND. I owe him a coke or something because he was so right. I now try to employ these ideas that Austin Deuel wrote about. I think I found this in "The Artist's Magazine" (great art magazine, by the way).
Art History Moment: World's End-As at the end of most centuries, a number of people feared that the world would end in 1500. As a result, apocalyptic images of death were widespread. (From Sister Wendy Beckett's "The Story of Painting")