How can a small object in a painting balance a much larger one?

Artists need to produce a balancing effect in their artist work so that they are received well by their audience. Balance is required between different objects with different sizes and shapes. Small and large objects cannot be place just anywhere on a medium as they would not produce a profound effect. To bring about a balance between small and large objects, artists use the following balancing techniques (Frank, 2013, p.73).

  1. As we can observe, a larger object occupies a bigger space than a smaller objects. This lets it diver most of the attentions to it. Therefore, if there is a smaller object present besides it, it may be neglected. For this reason, artists may place many smaller objects to let it occupy a balancing space in relation to the bigger object.
  2. As an object in a visual art moves away from the center, its weight is perceived as increasing. Therefore, smaller objects can be moved towards the edges of the art work while keeping the larger objects towards the center to create a balancing effect.

Different colors may have balancing effects towards one another. To produce the above balancing effects, different color combinations are may be utilized. Color intensity can also be used as a balancing agent. For example, as the intensity of colors increases, they tend to produce heavier effects. Therefore, smaller objects can be colored with intense colors to increase their perceived weight.