View Full Version : Roses revisited and cropped

04-25-2003, 03:23 PM

You may recall my dilemma with the full sheet of roses I posted last week. The consensus seemed to be to crop into two paintings, which I did. Here is the larger, half sheet one. I addes some darker leaves behind the main ones to fill up some of the empty space. This crop is already done.

I also experimented in Adobe to see what it would look like cropped even closer, and I think I like this even better. What do you think?



04-25-2003, 03:25 PM
Absolutely Wonderful! Love the contrasting background and petal colors. Shading is perfect! Great painting!:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-25-2003, 03:47 PM
Michelle... I'm absolutely certain that taking scissors to your large painting was really hard...

Both versions are beautiful.

The closely cropped version has PUNCH!!! Those roses POP right out and are stunning!

04-25-2003, 03:58 PM
#2 is excellent~!!!! So much so that I am jealous that I can't do roses that well...

04-25-2003, 04:00 PM
beautiful image no mater which way you slice it (sorry about the pun)

04-25-2003, 04:05 PM
looks great. i kindof like seeing all the green of the first crop, but the second does make the rose pop


04-25-2003, 04:07 PM
Beautiful roses--close-cropped version is absolutely stunning!!!

I vote for #2.:D


Strawberry Wine
04-25-2003, 05:15 PM
Michelle: This is so beautiful :) :) :) The petals are so soft and you have placed the values perfectly. I can almost smell it.

I love the cropped version but I sort of miss that bit of green/blue and pink in the bottom right.

What about this version?



04-25-2003, 05:43 PM
Beautiful job! :D I think I like Strawberry Wine's crop the best - I missed the green-blues and pinks too, and that gives both a bit of that beautiful background and the close crop.

04-25-2003, 07:19 PM
It's beautiful no matter how you slice it! Though the crop is somehow reminiscent of some of O'keefe's flowers.

04-25-2003, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by walerian
It's beautiful no matter how you slice it! Though the crop is somehow reminiscent of some of O'keefe's flowers.

I agree. The cropped version has that O'Keefe feel to it, but I'm attracted to the first version (don't know why).

04-25-2003, 07:27 PM
But I like the first one, too! And the second! I'm just torn. (No pun intended.)

04-25-2003, 07:41 PM
I like Gail's crop... sure are beautiful Roses. I just think too much of the back groud is competition.

Nice work!

04-25-2003, 07:45 PM
Yes, I also love this cropped. I prefer your second version but do like what strawberry did to include the pinks as it gives a little extra.

Great Job. Your roses are beautiful

04-25-2003, 08:00 PM
These are stunning! Really , really beautiful. I love the roses.

Little Old Lady
04-25-2003, 08:08 PM
Absolutely beautiful rose. I like Gail's crop best.

04-25-2003, 08:54 PM
Gorgeous!!!!!!! Voting for Gail's crop!

Rose Queen
04-25-2003, 09:46 PM
I like them both (can you tell I'm partial to roses...?), but I think a little further crop of the first image, taking off a bit of the bottom, would be even better. Whatever you do, the roses are great! :clap:

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04-26-2003, 12:18 AM
I like both but I think I like the first one better because of the leaves,
I would of liked to see just a bit more of the leaves at the top of the rose on the first one.
for example if the rose was about a inch or so lower on the painting so that it would not be right up against the edge of the painting.

04-26-2003, 12:36 AM

Here is what I mean about the croping on the first one.
I hope you don't mind.

I did this quickly in photoshop.

04-26-2003, 01:06 AM
Phillip, I really like the composition you made up for me a lot. I could have used it when I was making the original drawing. :-)There is just one little problem. I don't have any room at the top of the painting to put the extra leaves and stems. My first crop at the beginning of this message has been made, and what you see is what I've got. The closer second crop has not been made. I'm just thinking about it. Thanks for the suggestion though. I will keep it in mind if I paint these roses again.


04-26-2003, 01:13 AM
Your welcome mhimeswc,
I am glad you don't mind I did that, but I thought it would of been easier to show than try to explain.

I've been a photographer for about 12 years now.
I use to do a bit of judging of some of the local photographic shows here.

I must have a go at painting roses one day. never tried it as yet.
but than again I only just started.

04-26-2003, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by Little Old Lady
Absolutely beautiful rose. I like Gail's crop best.

Me too!

I really admire your technique - I find roses impossible to paint with such delicacy.


04-26-2003, 09:05 AM
Lovely roses!
I think you should crop it but not so much as you suggested. It looks so cramped. Let the leave just under the roses show with some marginal. Like this

04-26-2003, 10:47 AM
Your roses are beautifully painted, I'm glad you decided to crop your full page as you did. Of all the various versions in this thread, I think I like Rosemarie's the best.

Your close crop one is very dramatic though and I like it second best.