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Sarah Rose
09-07-2013, 09:07 PM
I am trying to do some smaller paintings so that I can complete them in one or two sessions. This one is 6 X 6, and my first flower attempt:


C&C always welcomed

09-07-2013, 09:20 PM
Great! I always struggle with shadows on yellow but this painting is perfect. Pam

water girl
09-07-2013, 10:24 PM
No crit here! You have done a beautiful job.

09-07-2013, 10:51 PM
Very sunny, love it

09-07-2013, 11:15 PM
I agree, I think you've done a great job on this. My only suggestion would be to possibly crop it a bit to give some interesting negative spaces. The petals have some uncomfortable tangents where they are cut off almost exactly at the tips all along the edges, which seem a bit too perfect, at least to me.

Here is your original:


and some crops:


I like the second crop because it keeps the center of the flower off center to the painting, which works for me. It is a personal decision I know, and you may not like any of these, which is fine. Also, cropping may make the size difficult to mat or frame, another consideration. But just for design's sake it could be nice, and maybe something to remember when starting out a painting. Thumbnails could help with this, or if you are working from a photo cropping the photo to what you want first may help to give you ideas. Again, I know this is personal you might not like the idea at all, it's just something to think about.

The painting itself is great, you've handled the flower extremely well. I love the sense of light, beautiful work!

Sarah Rose
09-07-2013, 11:45 PM
I love the crops, thanks for doing that! I may try another flower soon and will keep your suggestions in mind. Amazing what a difference it makes!

09-08-2013, 03:01 AM
Lovely painting of the head, but I think it might be nice to perhaps add a suggestion of a second flower or perhaps even better, more leaves. The poor little leaf is not only looking awfully small but alsa bit overpowered! Take a look at this:


Sometimes when people photograph sunflowers up close and from above, the heads look huge and the leaves look tiny because they are further away from the camera lens. It is not how they look irl.

The angle of the sunflowers in this photo is nice too - something to consider for the next picture maybe.

09-08-2013, 04:55 AM
Really nicely done, great shadows!


09-08-2013, 10:00 AM
Lovely. I like the subtle color changes you achieved in the seeds. And Chris's crop suggestions are great.

Sarah Rose
09-08-2013, 11:08 AM
Jackie, thanks, I will try for something more interesting/layered with the next one. This is a wild sun flower that has hybridized with domestic strains I planted over the last few years, the leaves really are like that, but I agree with you. Generally the leaves are large and leathery, it's amazing to me that suge a large and robust plant grows from such a small seed.

Sarah Rose
09-08-2013, 12:55 PM
I think I'll give this one a go next, with the suggestions for cropping for better negative spaces and a second flower. This is another hybrid from my garden:


09-09-2013, 12:48 PM
Lovely painting Sarah!
Oh and a great photo of the 'twins' too!