Principle of Contrast

Bethany Radabaugh

The dark background immediately draws us into the light of the few central white flowers.
The contrast of the woman's white dress against the dark of everything else is quite stark and draws the eye to center.
The sharp lines against the shapeless/formless background makes the woman look quite sharp. Contrast between her light skin and dark eyes.
Contrast between the small hills and the length of the girl's bodies. Also, the height of the hills compared to the height of the jump gives perspective.
Contrast in colors (light and dark) as well as clear shape of the guitar with a more loose shape of the woman.
Splashes of color against a main yellow background is stark.
The man in dark colors with the woman in white makes her the center of the painting.
The contrast in size throughout the painting - huge sky with very small hot air balloons. Dark field bright sky and balloons.
His dark suit melts away in contrast to his angular face and light skin tone.
The use of light tells the viewer exactly where to look to see the crisis occurring.
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