View Full Version : Keeping busy (which one?)

05-17-2015, 10:27 PM
Had a little "studio time" today for a couple of small studies.....

6 x 8

6 x 8

I originally had the first one at 8 x 8 but there seemed to be too much dead space. What do you think? A or B?


water girl
05-17-2015, 10:46 PM
Either one works for me. A may edge out B by a nose. Nice work.

05-17-2015, 11:35 PM
I'm kinda leaning this way.. Without the extra doodads..


05-18-2015, 02:58 AM
okay ,
the flowers/foreground is cropped ,
the fence posts/horizontal gone . ( not that i agree )

what strikes me now are diagonals ;
the middle of the foreground trees catches the line of the most distant mountain
and on the right side , the near and far mountains make a => which pushes my eye off the frame .
-- it's an interesting concept/composition , but a bit too forceful to my eye .
( the historic landscapes in mind ? constable , et all - leading from the left ... )

anyway ...


05-18-2015, 07:22 AM
I definitely prefer A over B but am undecided about the fence posts. I think I prefer them left in. It's a very nice painting. Your other painting, of the crossroads, is very pretty, too!

ural jones
05-18-2015, 10:59 AM
:rolleyes: My choice is also A and here's my reason: Having more 'doodads' gives this one more interest and depth. The upfront warm colors help to push the far mountains further back. IMHO...

05-18-2015, 12:23 PM
Ask and get an answer. I liked the crop and love the one with the lane.

05-18-2015, 02:31 PM
Randy, I'd keep the first one 8 x 8" but extend those bushes inward a bit or set another bush that they're overlapping one step inward and toward the center making a zigzag eyepath to the base of the tree. It is a bit too much dead space but it's so clearly open to being relieved with one more bush or clump of flowers. You could add a patch of flowers to break it up too.

Just move a shape around or scribble in the digittal copy till it works. I do that sometimes if I've got a gap like that. Too much space can usually be fixed easily with one more element.

OR you could add an anmal, a coyote loping along that'd become a new focal area! Or bird eating on the ground. Or anything really.

Both of these are gorgeous. Love the strong style and great distance, the shapes of the distant mountains, the vegetation, color harmony, painterly style. Trees are lively and varied, not boring, gorgeous road slightly dipping, it's wonderful for drawing me in. That second one's finite perfection.

05-19-2015, 03:30 AM
Lovely work and such a tranquile palette!

05-19-2015, 01:04 PM
Both paintings are lovely! I would prefer the cropped (top) version of the first one. The fence is not that much pronounced so it did not stop my eye really, but you could get rid of it too if you feel it's too much, I think it works fine either way.

05-19-2015, 09:25 PM
I prefer B. Reason being it has the pops of color that I like so much in your paintings. Pop out A a little in my opinion. Pam

05-20-2015, 10:50 PM
Thanks everyone for your input and observations. I think I'm gonna stay with the square version but put back something of interest. Maybe the fence posts or a few cows or both. We'll see how it goes....

05-22-2015, 10:24 AM
I LOVE square paintings. I think you've got a wonderful painting
either way! :)