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04-03-2013, 08:30 AM
Jody, your cloud studies inspired me to post this minimalist cloud study I did last october. It's acrylic on 8"x10" stretched canvas. It's on my bucket list to do this on a very large canvas, maybe 6'x8'.
All C&C's are appreciated.
04-04-2013, 10:16 AM
I like it!
For some reason it brings to mind the Rene Magritte painting, "Son of Man".
04-04-2013, 11:01 AM
Jim, love the single cloud. And this would look AWESOME 6x8.
04-04-2013, 01:14 PM
This painting is beautiful! It's so peaceful.
I can't imagine standing in front of a canvas that size. I'd prob stand in front of it for a week staring at it before any color went on it. Lol. My biggest canvas so far is 2'x3' and I looked at it for two days befor I started and then I painted over it twice. Haha!
04-04-2013, 03:17 PM
Thanks Cory and Jody. I know hat you mean about being overwhelmed by a large canvas/. The first painting I did after not having painted anything since 1981or '82 was a 3'x4' canvas in 2008. I don't recall how many times I painted over that canvas before I was finished.
04-06-2013, 02:50 PM
Jim I love painting clouds, they have been an important part of my art for years (from digital to traditional now). I think this is a great study, and starting point for a bigger version.
04-06-2013, 06:19 PM
04-09-2013, 02:12 AM
great! love the cloud... only thing I was wondering is that perhaps the sky could use a bit of a gradient from white to that great blue you have going on there
04-09-2013, 07:24 AM
Good observation Andrew. I sky does have some gradation, which didn't photograph well, but it needs more. Thanks.
04-09-2013, 10:07 AM
Thanks Cory and Jody. I know hat you mean about being overwhelmed by a large canvas/. The first painting I did after not having painted anything since 1981or '82 was a 3'x4' canvas in 2008. I don't recall how many times I painted over that canvas before I was finished. Ah, there is another person with the alias of Jody out there. My real name's Paul. What's yours...'Jody'? Kidding!
This is so simple in composition (not a bad thing, btw) that it borders on abstraction, and not only because it includes clouds, but because it's essentially 3 triangles and a banded rectangular base, like this:
Strangely, in the supposed asymmetry-is-modern age, it is the symmetry of this piece that gives it that post-abstraction contemporary feel and clearly makes it not a derivative landscape from an earlier time.
If you do a larger version, definitely maintain this proportionality and maybe try not add more details to the larger space: that takes discipline I and many others don't have, but it pays off, since this will be equally cool, if not cooler, on a larger surface.
04-09-2013, 10:46 AM
Nice observation/analysis, Paul, aka, Jody. Thank for the advice on the larger piece.
05-09-2013, 09:54 PM
I like the simplicity , very pretty blue and the cloud looks realistic
05-10-2013, 09:16 AM
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