Art Glossary: Positive Space


Positive space is the area or part of a painting's composition that the subject occupies. For instance, the positive space could be a vase of flowers in a still life painting, a person's face in a portrait, the trees and hills of a landscape painting. The area around the positive space is called the negative space.

More on Negative Space:

  • Sketchbook Page: Negative Space in a Potplant