Friday, February 23, 2024

Dumond's "Smear" Demo

When Frank Vincent Dumond (1865-1951) taught at the Art Students League, he said that the center of interest or focal point of the work could be in any of the four quadrants of the canvas but not in the middle-too dull and boring, he said.

Paintings by Frank Vincent Dumond

One former student, Gifford Beal, wrote an account of his painting annual painting demonstration:"Clad in his customary pink smock and talking as he painted on a small canvas, he began what he called a 'smear.'"

1 comment:

Susan Krzywicki said...

I can see where this approach would be great! subtle atmospherics at the very beginning - it seems like it would help the artist's mindset.