On the right, the calm water captures the face of the land and shimmers in delight. Nothing is distinct. This restful scene is where I want the eye to begin. Then the current begins to pick up on the lower right and then moves purposefully on the diagonal rising to the left. Strokes of paint convey the angle and forceful direction. That strong current traces the deep channel, which swings back around, up and towards the right. This focal area is where I've placed the hardest edges, the greatest detail and the highest contrast.
Once the river rounds the bend and disappears mid-top, I hope the viewer's eye will naturally complete the ellipse and return to the peaceful opening act..
At least........that's the plan! In the meantime, you will note that I have unconsciously echoed that progression in my work (which normally proceeds left to right). It's been a busy week and I'm longing to get to that side of the canvas but life does intervene, doesn't it.