Esprit de Corps is an 11x14 done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
Artists know about the rules of three, mostly because they’re so simple. Divide the canvas into thirds horizontally and vertically to find perfect places for focal points. (The intersections are the focal point possibilities.)
Artists are often also advised to paint threesomes rather than even numbered objects. Rules of three, so simple but…
They really shouldn’t be called rules at all. They are guidelines that work sometimes. For instance, dividing your canvas into three parts vertically and horizontally works when the canvas is a horizontal rectangle (with the longest dimension the horizontal one). It doesn’t work very well with square canvases or portrait rectangles (ones with the longest dimension a vertical).
Our eyes do find an odd number of objects more pleasing but…
If two objects are grouped so that they form one mass, twosomes can be just as pleasing.
And it’s quite liberating to paint couples. Afterall, three is supposedly a crowd!