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Tom Brown
09-10-2016, 09:52 AM

Title: Daffodils
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16x20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

April in Connecticut.

Not so sure I like this one but I don't see where else to go with it. Oh well, it is what it is, my daughter will steal it from me anyway, and then it's her problem.

09-10-2016, 04:01 PM
I love this!

It feels very magical/allegorical. I am curious about the texture, and I wish there were some close-up images that would let me know how the surface is handled.

One of the things I enjoy about this piece is that the flowers in the foreground look very graphic and flat, but the trees behind the wall have a lot of atmospheric depth and overlaps. If you wanted more depth in those flowers in the foreground, you could accent the flowers with darker shades of yellow to create the sensation of light and shadow, and also find accent darks in the soil.

...But I like it the way you have it now, save for the somewhat prominent and frumpy yellow signature on the bottom left...

Whether the flatness is serendipitous or if you were just trying it out as a strategy doesn't matter -- if it works, it works. And I think it works.


09-10-2016, 04:10 PM
It's so peaceful and tranquil feeling! Your daughter is a lucky girl😊

Tom Brown
09-10-2016, 10:17 PM
truebeliever, thank you SO much for your comment. I looked at the flowers again and added highlights and shadowy areas. WOW! What a difference, it's always in the details, isn't it? Thanks.

Tom Brown
09-11-2016, 06:14 AM
Truebeliever, just for you - a close up detail. The area is approx 5x7)"http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2016/1986439-image.jpeg

09-12-2016, 11:39 AM
Nice work.

09-12-2016, 12:50 PM
honestly, the background is so lush and mystical and pleasantly full, i'm a little disappointed in the foreground and how there's nothing there but one breed of flower and a bunch of plain dirt. nature doesn't play this way.


Tom Brown
09-12-2016, 02:21 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2016/1986439-image.jpeg I took the photo this spring. The dirt you mention is actually leaf litter, which shows up well in the painting. Here's the photo that guided me.

09-12-2016, 03:56 PM
your background is better than the photo, given the addition of the sprinkles of flora
your rock wall is better than the photo, given the clarity and light