DAILY ART FIX: The 7 Principles of Art and Design

Art world links which caught my eye…

Illustrated depiction of the principles of art and design

There’s a whole phony language associated with the contemporary art world. The corrupted Postmodern academic model of serious art making has schooled everyone to use convoluted, obscure language to explain and justify whatever piece of junk or propaganda or junky propaganda the artist chooses to present. “Art is whatever you can get away with,” is a quote attributed to appropriated art icon Andy Warhol.

However, there is a vocabulary of art which does have practical worth: the descriptors for the elements of art. Key quote from the article:

The elements and principles of art and design are the foundation of the language we use to talk about art. The elements of art are the visual tools that the artist uses to create a composition. These are line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space.

The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist’s intent. The principles of art and design are balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety. The use of these principles can help determine whether a painting is successful, and whether or not the painting is finished.

Read the full article here: THOUGHT CO – The 7 Principles of Art and Design


RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.


I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.


Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

9 thoughts on “DAILY ART FIX: The 7 Principles of Art and Design

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s