Excerpts from Emotional Content: how to create paintings that communicate. by Gerald Brommer
Content is the communication of ideas, feelings, and reactions connected with the subject. When we look at a painting, its content is what is sensed rather than what can be analyzed.
Form vs. content:
1. Form involves drawing, design, composition and the subject matter, or physical aspects of the painting.
2. Content refers to the meaningful substance of the work the spiritual or emotional aspects of painting. It is the honest presentation of the artists concepts and the personal communication of ideas, responses, spiritual convictions and individual convictions that describes emotional content.
The emotional content visually describes the message we wish to share with or communicate to others.
1. Selectivity: What do I want to include in the painting? What do I want to show viewers about this place? and