Most of us know when an image is pleasing to the eye, but did you ever stop to consider why?
Often we respond to hidden "cues" in a scene that create pleasant emotions. One powerful tool that classical artists used to evoke these responses is known as the "Artist's Triangle".
The Artist's Triangle is a simple arrangement of objects in a scene where the most important object is centered and elevated with two (or more) objects of lesser importance positioned to its sides.
The effect of the triangle is to draw the eyes inward and upward to the central object. This also has the effect of subconsciously elevating the the central object and giving it the feeling of great importance.
Renaissance artists enhanced the emotional impact by highlighting the central features and using more muted colors for the supporting features.
It is easy to achieve the same effect using floral bouquets.
A bright, eye-catching floral piece might be used to draw the eyes up to an urn or portrait with two matching complimentary pieces arranged to either side. This simple use of the Artist's Triangle has fairly obvious benefits.
The Artist's Triangle can also be used in more advanced applications. Sometimes the artist skillfully manipulates the effect of the triangle to focus attention upon a larger scene that is not strictly contained within the triangle because attention can be directed to the whole area around the top region of the triangle.
Using the triangle, thusly, the artist subtly draws attention to the most important elements of the larger image. Your mind is subconsciously directed to the important areas. This technique is a way to gently emphasize the central theme.
Seasoned funeral directors often use the Artist's Triangle whether they are aware of it or not. They inherently know that matching bouquets to either side add balance and that bright flowers on the casket gently draw your attention to the casket itself.
When selecting memorial flowers, you can easily put the Artists Triangle to work. Just follow these two simple rules:
The funeral director will then arrange the bouquets sent by other family and friends to either side of the central scene. This is an easy way to make the remembrance display look beautiful while giving the family flowers the place of honor!