View Full Version : Request Opinion - WIP

04-14-2014, 03:24 PM
This is a WIP - the background for a painting. What I am wondering if you think something like this could work as a painting without adding more....This one is too one dimensional, in color and hue, but if I did one specifically in this style I could change that.



04-14-2014, 04:41 PM
nice colours and textures but i think it lends itself to your awesome sculptures rather than a painting.

04-14-2014, 04:45 PM

The fogginess in this one reminds me a bit of aquarium glass. Your work often has an impression of water forms or water scenes for me. I wonder if coral might be a good inspiration for informing future paintings with these lovely patterns.

Will look forward to seeing the result of this and others.

04-14-2014, 04:54 PM
Divisions of color are subtle and the light vs dark tones are missing. This aspect of the painting may be it's weakness because the majority of area is middle tone dominated.

Nevertheless I find this intriguing, it has a mysterious quality to it. I can feel the aquatic attitude of the piece, like I am in murky waters and being buzzed by a fishy swimming by. Nice work on providing detail even if it is hard to separate the visual COI.

04-14-2014, 05:17 PM
picture it framed
hang it over my dining room fireplace
light it properly

the simplicity would be relaxing
the colors pleasant and natural
the myriad assortment of "marks" intriguing
and the vagueness of the meaning would stimulate conversation.

sometimes simplicity is as effective as complexity

this is a contemplative piece as it is

an' I likes it


Inward Arts
04-14-2014, 08:02 PM
Im curious how you did this 'background'??? I love the color, all the sublty, but for me, it would be a bit plain/one thing/not as interesting if it was left as is. just my opinion though!

04-14-2014, 08:45 PM
It looks reptilian.

04-14-2014, 10:30 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I will try to do something more with this approach.....but for this one I am thinking about doing this....


04-14-2014, 10:36 PM
I will change the areas surrounding the octopus to make them darker....etc.

04-14-2014, 10:46 PM
not sure about the octopus.

04-15-2014, 01:16 PM
The composition is not the best...but it was fun to try the Octopus....don't think it worked though....Picture is not so hot either...need to take another one.


04-15-2014, 02:08 PM
The idea of an octopus is intriguing for your technique. In the natural world an octopus is a timid creature and a master of camouflage. If you look online and view an octopus morphing in color and pattern you may be inspired to move away from the cartoon image and try to capture the octopus in the morphing stage. Just a thought.

04-15-2014, 02:29 PM
I think this is on its way to something good. Are you going to push onward?

If you are interested in pushing it more toward a realistic depiction of an octopus, I think it might work REALLY well. The eyes would likely come down a bit pulling the COI down a touch, and the colour could be shifted away from the analogous palette you have towards a complimentary palette. Here is a denizen that would work really well with some of your techniques I think:
http://www.tonmo.com/community/gallery/photos/female-blue-ringed-octopus-with-eggs.2937/ And another: http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2008/09/610_ag_blue-ringed-octopus.jpg

04-15-2014, 05:48 PM
Thanks for the comments - I did use reference pictures and tried to get something a bit more realistic, however it was very difficult and I did not capture the look well....it was a good learning experience....more to come

04-16-2014, 10:51 AM
So I went back and tried to make this painting work....still not one of my best, but I think this is much better.....


04-16-2014, 04:12 PM
Okay this is my last post of this painting...but I did work on it a bit more and I think it is finally done.....


04-16-2014, 05:26 PM
You would never be able to see that this was once another painting! Well maybe you could but I wouldn't be thinking that. I liked the first one even though there wasn't the range of tones you usually find in paintings - sometimes a painting needs to break the rules. The Octopus wasn't a favorite because I was mourning the loss of the original ...but with this final version you are back with a great replacement.

04-16-2014, 05:39 PM
Thanks Dave, yes I was able to resurrect it (but as I said, not a favorite, but not bad I think)...I left the octopus....he is in the background....

Yes I will have to try something with just the background technique. I usually like to work on smaller canvases, first and try a couple of attempts before going larger.....will post whatever comes next.

thanks for the comments