Selection of pictures

Fundamentals of Art and Design 3(1+2)

Lesson :13 PICTURES

Selection of pictures

  • When selecting pictures as objects of decoration, both aesthetic appeal and subject matter appeal must be considered. Aesthetic appeal is the effect created by color and form of the picture.
  • Pictures should have pleasant subject for the purpose of decoration. Flower paintings, land­scapes, portraits, figure paintings and animal pictures are appealing subjects.
  • A good composition of the picture creates the interest and serves as center of interest.
  • Color appeal of the picture should be considered in relation to the color scheme of the room where it is to be hung or beautiful colors in a picture may be the basis for the color scheme of a room".
  • Pictures drawn with water colors, oil paintings by great artist may be expensive but their reproductions, print in black and white or color may be possible to use.
  • Suitable pictures for living rooms are landscapes; marines, flowers pictures, figure compo­sitions and portrait pictures for dining room may be of flowers, landscape and some still life and flower or fruits pictures in kitchens are more suitable.
  • Bed rooms may have personal or family photographs.
  • Children's rooms should have pictures appealing to children, which would also help them to develop aesthetic sense, like cartoons, animals, flowers which are colorful and pleasant (Fig. 13.2).
  • Pictures can be changed from time to time if one gets tired of seeing them.
  • Picture always needs to be selected in relation to the background of a room. If there is much pattern in the wall paper, it will be better, for the sake of proper emphasis, to have no pictures on the walls as in Fig. 13.2. Per­haps a mirror, or a plain textile that will furnish interesting varia­tions in color or shape, will prove to be the desirable wall decora­tion. If there is a great deal of color in the room or in some part of the room and little pattern, the most suitable pictures would be etchings or other prints having interesting line and pattern.
  • When choosing frames, it is well to remember that the frame should form a rest space between the pic­ture and the wall and should be less conspicuous than the picture itself. As a general practice, one is safe in selecting a frame that is not as dark as the darkest tones in the picture. This is not a rule, how· ever, for a narrow black frame is often successfully used-particularly for etchings and prints, which have rich blacks in their pattern.
  • There are several substitutes for pictures on the walls of a room. Mirrors and embroidered, block-printed or woven textiles may sup­ply the desired color or pattern. Mirrors give an illusion of space and are especially effective in a small room.

Frame of Pictures:

  • A frame is used for picture, because it extends the life of the picture and it provides the transi­tion between the pictures and the wall on which it is hung.
  • Improperly framed pictures lose their effectiveness.
  • Frames finished in their natural colors are suitable for all types of pictures and walls.
  • Pictures are mounted on mats before framing. The color of a mat may be white, a neutral tone lighter than the frame but slightly darker than the lightest color in the picture as in fig 13.3.
  • Oil paintings require heavy frames and should have narrow mouldings. Select frames for picture, by trying different pieces of moldings on the pictures.
  • A mat may be of fabric or a mounting paper. The size of the mat depends upon the size and type of picture and also space where it is to be hung.

'Law of Margins' for mounting the pictures is used are follows:

  • In vertical rectangle pictures the bottom of the mat should be widest, the top next in width and the sides slightly narrower
  • In horizontal rectangle pictures the narrowest margin at the top, the medium margin at sides and the widest margin at the bottom.
  • A square picture usually has the same margin at the top and sides and a wider one at the bottom.
  • Photographs may be framed with or without mat depend­ing upon the size.
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