In composition odd numbers of elements are more dynamic than groupings of elements evenly numbered. The basic idea of the rule is that objects arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective. This challenge asks you to use the power of three in an original design.
Quilts using three elements are not quite as transparent as those using three focal points which I covered in my last post. The three elements are compositional elements that make a whole image. Here are some examples:
This example is easily explained. You can see the three elements right away and they play a major role in the composition. Unlike three focal points, the yellow striped square is singularly the focus of this composition.
What are the three elements here? The three red circles are only one of the three elements. The lines and the large circle are the other two. The focal point is the large circle. It is the first thing to capture your attention.
Here the three elements are the black circular shapes, the white background and the red background. Each of these elements gives you a lot to look at and many details to pull you into the composition. The high contrast of the black and white brings the black circles to the forefront and they become the focal point.
This quilt uses three elements as well. The writing in the upper left, the writing in the lower right, and the large "x". The composition in this quilt is fairly balanced, leaving it up to the viewer to decide what draws their eye into the piece.
I love this quilt. I wish the maker would have taken a better picture. The white, the background and the copper colored line create three elements in this composition. The white grabs our attention first. This abstract quilt really gets in my head and I begin to think of many different ideas of what the imagery portrays.
I still have a couple more emails to write for this challenge. I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts with you. I'll be covering modern quilts and furthering the explanation of "the power of three". And as always, everything is open to interpretation.
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