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mcknight
11-23-2003, 03:18 AM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/11-23-2003/1277_parade.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: WIP: At the Parade
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 18X24
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
Just did this underpainting over the last two hours. Composition is based on photos I took at a recent parade (the watches are always more interesting to me than the watchees).



MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Comments or suggestions?

vrashton
11-23-2003, 04:34 AM
its hard to tell because it is a underpainting, but so far it looks like a good start.
Val

jerryW
11-23-2003, 12:03 PM
I feel a lot of excitement from this.
you could get away with 2 splashes of color
or none

pero lane
11-23-2003, 12:04 PM
Interesting things going on here...can't wait for the rest!:)

dornberg
11-23-2003, 01:05 PM
i like the
lines and
leans and
swirls and
divisional decisions

mcknight
11-23-2003, 01:08 PM
vrashton & pat - thanks for the encouragement.

jerry - I'm glad you are liking this. I'm hoping to keep colour simply unified so two colours might well do...we'll see what happens.

mfoxmelanson
11-23-2003, 01:10 PM
Don't know why- this made me think of Fellini. I'm excited to see where this goes.

M.

mcknight
11-23-2003, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by mfoxmelanson
Don't know why- this made me think of Fellini. I'm excited to see where this goes.

M.

I'm glad your interested.

I added a little bit of colour for the darks. I think I save the lights until it dries.

mfoxmelanson
11-23-2003, 06:06 PM
Well, I'm not thinking of Fellini anymore....Looking great... Love to watch your progress.

M.

Paintonbrush
11-23-2003, 06:12 PM
love the palette...you keep it interesting.

mcknight
11-23-2003, 07:23 PM
M & paintonbrush - Thanks - I hope the addition of colour has benefits that outweigh the consequences.

artbabe21
11-23-2003, 07:52 PM
busy, busy......who is on first? :)
terrific colors Dave...

artinoils
11-23-2003, 10:39 PM
Watching where you take this. Love the composition. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Curious if you'd consider doing a second version of this looser like that other crowd scene you did. I'm wondering if painting the same scene, more than once, allows you to get more clarity. (not questioning your clarity) it's just a thought that popped into my head about my own work.

woodguy
11-23-2003, 10:59 PM
WOW, Dave! What a fantastic start...and it is progressing quite nicely. Jim

mcknight
11-24-2003, 11:08 AM
artbabe21 - Does it look too busy to you? My hope is that I can tame the crowd a bit and keep things in harmony. Thanks.

artinoils - That's a very good idea. I should try it. I've heard of people working that way - where a quick loose painting comes after a long meticulous drawing. I guess memory of the original composition plays a big role in producing the second. Since I've recently been working on smaller sized canvases, I find painting with the same brushes in the same free way ends up looking tighter with a larger canvas.


woodguy - Thanks!

Grasshopper
11-24-2003, 11:17 AM
I love your underpainting, love your "characters."

Grasshopper
11-24-2003, 11:19 AM
Ok, I know I was vague-sounding. I should be clearer about what I mean. But then I get verbose. Forgive me. I do see character in your people, in their clothing, looks, stances...

giniaad
11-24-2003, 11:22 AM
depth has been very nicely added from 1-2
a lot is going on here
it will be interesting how you do this

(funny, I've been thinking of doing repeats too)

artbabe21
11-24-2003, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by mcknight
artbabe21 - Does it look too busy to you? My hope is that I can tame the crowd a bit and keep things in harmony. Thanks.


nooooo, I meant, like what a bunch of busy people...wondering about all of them...I do really enjoy crowd scenes, you're doing well!

mcknight
11-24-2003, 03:05 PM
Grasshopper - thanks! I find I often write something a bit obscure and then expect the reader to read my mind. Your original description was that vague but I do appreciate your clarification.

gin - thanks, I'm interested in how I do this too. As usual, it's an experiment in methods.

artbabe21 - Thanks for getting back to me. I'm not used to doing crowded scenes so I want to be extra-careful about cluttering the composition.

Dana Design
11-24-2003, 03:10 PM
Dave, how did I miss this? I'm loving it. Your paintings are always so mysterious. I love that mystery.
dana