We had two assignments for this class. The first was to create a painting from a photograph using what we had learned about composition. By cropping the photograph I was able to reposition the jar in one of the 'intersection spots' (Rule of Thirds), strengthening the focal point. This also removed some of the distracting clutter of branches and leaves.
Reynold's Mansion in the background. The shadows and lighter blocks of color form lines that lead into the painting from the edges. Tree branches repeat the curve of the jar. The pale windows on the building repeat across the background, their color is repeated in the shadows on the lawn and the jar. The greens of the lawn are repeated in the moss on the jar, and the orange browns in the jar also occur in the background. Repetition of shapes and colors are said to add interest and unity to a painting.