Iain Stewart and others frequently create a focus of attention on the center of their paintings. They do this doing things to the perimeter of the painting, such as:
- Darkening or lightening
- softening of edges
- washing out the detail (Actually washing the paint away, leaving white paper)
- Reducing the saturation (Chroma)
- greying (not exactly the same as reducing saturation)
- Leaving out detail
This results in drawing your attention to the center of interest, usually somewhere in the middle of the page, which raises the dramatic power of his chosen subject.
I'll explore how others accomplish this same or similar intention.