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David Teniers Using Phi Calipers

359/365 Well, today we have a fun look at David Teniers The Younger who uses his Phi Calipers like a master. Just looking at his painting you’ll see a nice harmony, movement, and placement of objects within his design. The phi calipers are used as a tool in art to introduce the harmonic proportions predominantly found in nature....

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Phi Caliper Giveaway

190/365 Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce the first giveaway from the Canon of Design, and it’s a doozy! You have a chance to win this beautifully crafted pair of awesome Phi calipers with a brushed metal finish, and cool stained wooden sliding case. Yes, no artists toolbox is complete without a pair of these!

Donald Duck and the Golden Section

167/365 Welcome back everyone! Yes, I know what you’re thinking…”Donald Duck??” Sure, why not. This is a pretty informative and entertaining cartoon on the Golden Section and other mathematical applications throughout arts of all kinds....

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Share the Secrets of Design with Myron Barnstone

120/365 As some of you may know, my mentor Myron Barnstone, announced his soft retirement recently (He’ll still be teaching to select students from his home). I moved from Hawaii in May 2013 to come and study with him, where I was fortunate enough to squeeze in two semesters. January 18th, 2014 Myron did his
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Get Familiar with Your Photographic Environment

119/365 Hey everyone, how’s the art and designing going so far? Any troubles, let me know and I’ll try to help out. Much love for all of the continued support!...

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One or Many Focal Points in Art?

109/365 Hello everyone, welcome back, and thanks for all of the support so far. Much love! So, we ask the big question today. Should a photo, movie scene, or painting only have one focal point? Ever since I found this BLOG asking the question, I had to dig deeper into the subject. At first thought I was thinking...

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Art from Intuition

108/365 Welcome back everyone, thanks for joining in again. I really hope everyone is getting some use out of the material throughout this blog. Keep showing the love because it’s much appreciated! Ok, so let’s get into it… If you want to see the difference between understanding design principles and doing art solely on intuition,...

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Edward Weston Quote on Photography Composition

106/365 Edward Weston was a well known photographer who lived 1886-1958. Most of his remarkable work is of abstract nudes. I found a quote by him that I thought was worth mentioning, and when I did more research, I discovered a video that was worth sharing....

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Phi Lecture by Barnstone Student Ryan Brooker

105/365 Ryan Brooker, a fellow student of Myron Barnstone, makes a great point of what is priority of the rectangle you are using to put your subject in. It’s more important to use dynamic symmetry and design elements to compose your art, rather than a specific ratio of rectangle. Even though the PHI rectangle is
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Breathing Room – Art Balance from Top to Bottom – Part II

104/365 Now let’s take a look at some art that could benefit from better balance including Breathing Room and Gazing Direction. The originals will come first as they did above, then I will attempt to adjust them in Photoshop to have better balance by using these techniques....

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