One Tip to Enhance a Focal Point

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Did your mother ever teach you that it's not polite to point?

Well, sometimes pointing is a good thing, especially in decorating. Notice how the birds’ faces point toward each other keeping your eye focused on the table arragement.

  This simple trick not only works in home décor, but in artwork compositions, too.

In the painitng below, I paid particular attention to the placement of the birds, placing them pointing inward, towards the focal point of the painting.
  I hung the art in the gallery and a funny thing happened. A gentleman tapped me on the shoulder, aand asked, “Are those geese flying in or out?”    

I gave him a puzzled look.
He repeated his question, “Are those geese flying in or out?” 
I gave him the same reply – another puzzled look.
By this time the gentleman knew I was confused by his question so he offered, “If the geese are flying in, they’re butts are down. If the geese are flying out, they’re heads are up.”
Instantly I knew I had an avid birder on my hands. I squinted at my wee-size, no bigger than 3/8”, water fowl on paper. They were flying toward the center of the paper which was important to the composition. Not so important to this naturalist. I inched closer to the art. Their heads were out-stretched, not up, but not down. Their wings kind of covered their backside, so I couldn’t make a butt call. I took a gamble and said, “They’re flying out.”
He flashed a brief smile and dashed out the door.
Do you ever wonder if you’ve given the right answer? 
A short while later, the man returned with his wife.  “I’d like to purchase your painting,” he said, grinning ear-to-ear.
I guess I gave him the right answer.
I hope this decorating tip finds you pointing in the right direction, too.
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