This gallery features oil paintings of forests from the 17th century to 19th century. Normally, the rule of thirds is discussed when capturing a picture with a camera, but I wanted to show how some artists use the rule of thirds in their paintings. Simply put, the rule of thirds has two vertical and two horizontal lines that run through the piece so that when intersecting, the lines create nine equal sections. The places where the lines converge are called intersection points. The rule of thirds helps to keep a piece from looking dull since it creates a sense of more to the piece than what one can see. The pieces selected show different a few different ways paintings are divided.