A sweeping staircase, a crystal lit foyer, open iron gates or a cobblestone walkway would be great, unfortunately many times we’re left standing on the curb with no path to the front door.
A painting can leave you with that same feeling, you want to get in but enthusiasm is lost trying to figure it out.
Here are some examples of welcoming entrances –
Usually the most effective way to enter a painting seems to be-
I’ve found taking a photo of the subject with my phone, than making a quick cropping makes it easier to visualize the best place to cut off the bottom for a good design lead in, especially helpful when working from life.
Here is a subject I recently painted, and how I decided to crop it.
I began blocking this in from the bottom up. It’s tempting to start with the area of most interest, the head, and work down from there, but too many times I have been left with awkward shapes at the bottom, spending way too much time trying to “make it work”.