Choose the Right Visual Movement
Visual movement is a term tossed around by artists that refers to the direction your eyes move while looking at a painting (it’s also a great way to sound intellectual and impress your artsy friends at museums.) Visual movement is influenced by line, shape, and texture, but also the orientation of a painting. The contemporary acrylic painting on the left has a strong vertical movement, so it draws the eye from the couch and up the wall to the beautiful exposed wooden beams above. By contrast, the soft red and pink painting on the right has less visual movement and tends to keep the eye in the middle of the painting. If you have a long, narrow space, consider a painting with horizontal movement that moves the eye through the space. If you have a space with high ceilings or beautiful exposed elements above, consider a painting with vertical movement that brings the eye up the wall and to the ceiling.