Notice what your eyes are doing as they take in the Rembrandt painting below. What do you notice first? Where do your eyes take you next? And then where?
I'll write about why this is so in Part 2 of this blog. Suffice it to say for now, however subconsciously it occurs, our eyes begin looking at this painting with a lateral scan from left to right, guided largely by the perceptual tendency to follow the path of repeated conspicuous shapes--repetition. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with this compositional principle, simply equate it with visually "connecting the dots."
To be continued.