How is your landscape like a renaissance painting?
Landscapes that look “right” honor architecture. Along with the style of architecture, we want to make sure the lines created by the tips of plants take us visually to the most important feature. Almost universally, the main entry is where the focus is wanted. Creating the lines that will bring eyes to the desired point is exactly the same as mapping out lines in a renaissance painting. In a typical renaissance painting, the artist draws attention to the focal point, a baby in the arms of its mother. On the left are three kings, the tallest on the outside, the middle a little shorter, the third is kneeling. If you draw a line using the top of their heads, it goes directly to the baby. On the right of the mother’s head is the father. Again, a line connects the baby to the top of the mother’s head and the top of the father’s head. Visually, all the lines direct your eyes automatically to the baby. This same principle can be used for focal points in your home using plants and landscape features of varying heights, colors, and textures. Take a walk through your neighborhood and look at the planting of surrounding homes. Some few will have foundation plantings that are to scale with the home, and some of these will have lines that focus your eye on key points of interest. A majority will be overplanted or overgrown with plant material that is not architecturally correct for one reason or another. Remember renaissance art when you look at the homes in your neighborhood.
It may change your perspective forever.