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07-01-2001, 06:31 PM
painted (pastelled) this spring ...just an old stump
from life, windy, tied the easle down, met a local Brownie troop while working,
trouble with composition?


07-02-2001, 07:57 PM
Beautiful colours and textures. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2001/flash.gif I like how the stumps lead me into the painting. I feel though that the stumps maybe too centered. Can you make this a bit smaller so we can get a better look without scrolling?

07-03-2001, 06:37 AM

I've reduced the size of your image to 500 pixels. Please try to keep them to that max. Thanks!

Very nice, guy!

07-03-2001, 10:45 PM
love the colours and textures also...but agree with TeAnne the stump is too centered....:D :D

07-17-2001, 04:25 PM
Oooooo, more lovely textures! :D

Dan, I the colours you've got going on in this are sensational. Unexpected pinks, reds, mauves etc. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on bringing out the colours in a landscape.

One of the reasons I do my paintings in the studio is that the subject dominates too much on site and I find it hard to be more imaginative with colour.

Any colour developing thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks. :D

07-20-2001, 03:30 PM
I don't think the problem is that the stump is centered, but more that it appears to be floating in the air, rather than sitting part in the ground.

Maybe it'd work better if there was foiliage piled a little around and on the stump.

Everything else on here is sweet, though - something about the atmosphere of this painting just screams to me... Not sure what it's scream though. Just know it's cool. LOL

07-20-2001, 06:04 PM
hi Nathangill
your right... the stump is supported by a root structure underneath so it appeared to me to be floating also , perhaps I will ground it a little

07-21-2001, 04:39 PM
The texture and color in this painting are glowing.

Here are a couple of suggestions on the composition. There are many possibilities for this piece, this is just one approach...

<IMG SRC="http://www.ldianejohnson.com/WC/stump2.jpg" WIDTH=368 HEIGHT=303 ALIGN=bottom>

Crop the foreground somewhat and remove the closest stump. That contributed to the main stump "floating". Next, extend the top of the focal point stump up into the sky more and add a few more highlights as the sky is so strong that it competes with the stump. You can move the islands around, from how I left them. Lots of potential on this one.


07-30-2001, 03:12 PM
Your colours are awesome.
The whole piece is wonderful. :)