Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of motifs (art elements such as lines/shapes/colors/textures) often with defined intervals between them. Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture. There are many different kinds of rhythm, often defined by the feeling it evokes when looking at it.
- Regular: A regular rhythm occurs when the intervals between the elements, and often the elements themselves, are similar in size or length.
- Flowing: A flowing rhythm gives a sense of movement, and is often more organic in nature.
- Progressive: A progressive rhythm shows a sequence of forms through a progression of steps.
- Alternating: An alternating rhythm consists of successive motifs, which continue to appear in a regular distinct order.