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Best Practices in the creation of Fence murals,  Rules of composition for long format walls

Best Practices in the creation of Fence murals, Rules of composition for long format walls

I often get questions about outdoor murals for fences and the rules of composition for fence murals. Though there is no right or wrong answer, any theme can very well be on a fence of any length and size. But there are some principles one needs to keep in mind when preparing to create a hand painted mural on a long format wall. The most important step is the creation of a strong, harmonious design or sketch for the mural. Think in big terms and then gradually move to the smaller elements. Locate the placement of the largest elements composing the mural. A few words on the center of composition, in a classic composition there should be one main focal point, in the design of a long fence mural there can be a few or even none. It depends on the fence itself, and if there is an obvious center to the space. Long format compositions classically called a frieze, are very similar to a composition of an ornament and usually the same rules will apply to it too. Of course, an artists taste or pursued idea take precedence. A good practice is to “break” one long composition in smaller parts, that are united within one theme, style and color range. Think about the rhythm of the elements of your composition for your outdoor wall art. Alternate vertical elements with horizontal and diagonal lines, big with small, light and dark.  Don’t put two of the same size or color elements together, only do this when you’re planning to alternate them later in your composition. As any other composition, there should...
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