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Matt Sammekull
10-30-2003, 05:47 AM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/10-30-2003/15549_a_quiet_moment.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: A quiet moment
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 20x16
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
Inspired by Zorn's "Emma reading".

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Anything on your mind is welcome!!!

Mikey
10-30-2003, 07:10 AM
A portrait which goes well beyond the surface, looking into the man's character. This painting has presence. The leading edge of that white brush stroke on the hair niggles me a little, but others may disagree.

Mikey

leverettfinn
10-30-2003, 08:29 AM
I love how he emerges from the b/g... Excellent.

Lauren

giniaad
10-30-2003, 09:00 AM
I enjoy everything about this...
depicting print without it readable...great!
even the lilt of the newsprint paper is right on...
his posture etc...all working

well done!!

Naris
10-30-2003, 09:50 AM
Wonderful and judicious use of highlights. The dark background and melding of the suit focuses attention on the subject.:clap:

Andrew
10-30-2003, 12:08 PM
I like how you have captured the essence of this man, and how you have rendered the newspaper. The merging of subject with the background and the composition has a wonderful old world quality, while it retains a contemporary slice of life atmosphere.

My only critique is with the structure of the face. There is something in the proportions that doesn't sit well with me asthetically.

Andrew

pero lane
10-30-2003, 01:18 PM
Nice work Matt!:) I also like how he emerges from the background and yet melds into it also.

Andrew Rance
10-30-2003, 01:36 PM
Glad you put something on the paper - I think this works really well, now.

tbezesky
10-30-2003, 09:17 PM
Very nice color and form.
Great portrait!

woodguy
10-31-2003, 02:17 AM
Powerfull and solid! Great composition. I like this alot. Jim

jerryW
10-31-2003, 04:49 AM
the big dark might be too overpowering
figure is good - newspaper is good
overall works well.

artinoils
10-31-2003, 05:40 AM
Originally posted by tracysart
Very nice color and form.
Great portrait!

Powerful chiaroscuro.

painterbert
10-31-2003, 04:07 PM
Hi Matt

I don't see anything wrong with the white line in the hair, because if I did, then I would have to object to the highlight on the nose. I think the hand in the foreground needs more thought and more detail, like the thumb in the background. The hand should be faded out alright, but it shoudn't look like a cartoon's hand (three fingered). Good work.

Matt Sammekull
10-31-2003, 04:32 PM
... for taking your time to comment.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2003/15549-15549-A_quiet_moment_wc.jpg

I must say I'm really happy with the way the newspaper turned out.

Jerry, - I agree on your background comment. That's why I usually use some light at some areas of my dark backgrounds. In this case, I used ochre and some red up in the right corner, however... this image didn't really capture that.

Boy it's hard to take a good photo of such a dark painting.

Thanks again everyone!!!!!!

//matt