The lion stands for courage, and the 2 owls are two different kinds of wisdom: conventional and intuition. Acrylic on illustration board, ACEO
After doing some outdoor painting and struggling mightily with the composition, I holed up in my studio a few weeks to learn composition once and for all, as my past attempts had brought me only a partial understanding of this complex skill. This time I used "The Simple Secret to Better Painting" by Greg Albert. I recommend it highly! He simplifies composition down to one basic rule: "Never make any two intervals the same." The info in the book is very well organized, and each section he illustrates how to use this one rule with focal point, color, and value patterns. He also shows how the rule applies to landscape, still life, and figures. Painting is a lot more fun now that I finally comprehend the basics of composition.