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Term: directional line
Subcategory: General
Definition: Lines can lead the eye in a path around an image.  And they can also be used as a powerful way to express something to the viewer.  Directional lines express a variety of messages.  Diagonal lines, for example, express the sense of energy and give movement to a piece.  Horizontal lines, on the other hand, give a piece a sense of calmness and rest.  And vertical lines portray structure and strength.  Only a single line is necessary to communicate an emotion, whether it be sadness, joy, worry, anger, dejection or exuberance.    

 

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