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09-07-2019, 02:02 PM
Trying out some new techniques and feeling a bit discouraged. Don't know how to finish this.
Acrylic on canvas.

09-07-2019, 04:25 PM
Art is experimentation! Don't be discouraged. You have a lot of interesting things going on here. I like that lower right textured design in particular. The only thing the work lacks IMHO is some coherence, a center of interest/focus, if you will. Maybe develop those red/yellow flowers in the center some more, e.g. add more of them going away into the distance? Or do the same with the yellow ones on the right instead. Or develop the water some more. The composition just seems a little scattered. Some of the elements such as the lower left flower seem like an afterthought. Nice colors!

09-07-2019, 04:45 PM
Agree with Susan's assessment. I'd bring the blue water on across the bottom to tie it all together.

dave woody
09-07-2019, 06:37 PM
I Love what you are doing.
If you Do lots of pictures with images like this, the good ones will stand out from the average ....work on those that you like.

09-07-2019, 11:26 PM
Susan nailed it. The elements are all good on their own.
but take this to grey scale and it is not cohesive.

water on the lower part of a painting is often balance by blue skies.
the flowers on each side have stems, but the 4 in the center do not.
perhaps a sun on the upper right?
a horizon with a hill?
butterflies or bees upper right?
or a distant barn or home?

we'll check back later.

sometimes it is good to print off 3 or more of this painting on cheap paper & try ideas on the prints before committing to the canvas. That way you dont mess up up the original. I find pastel is best on cheap paper. any water media will just wrinkle.

09-08-2019, 02:20 AM
Worked on it a little bit tonight. I think it's looking a little bit better. What do you think?

09-08-2019, 09:14 AM
I agree with Susan about the lack of cohesiveness. You have listened well and used some of the suggestions and made great improvements. However it still lacks a cohesiveness. The large green leaves/flowers on the upper left side drw my eye away from the rest of the composition and up to the left hand corner and out of the picture. I would suggest another of those leaves/flowers leaning in toward the right center portion of the piece to keed the eye from moving out of the composition.

09-10-2019, 10:52 AM
Everything you did, made it better.