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sharii
11-03-2000, 02:17 PM
Carly, the mat and frame go really nice with the painting. Remember that you have to be careful not to mess with your painting too much (we all know what can happen when we do that). It was really nice and fresh and pretty like it was in the beginning. When I look at it I don't see a focal point. A painting is much nicer to look at when your eyes go directly to one spot and then wander around the painting . When you don't have a definite focal point your eyes tend to jump around and don't know where to stop. I would suggest slightly dampening the lightest petals on the upper left rose, then gently wiping out a little of the color so that it will be the lightest spot in the painting and have the most contrast between dark and light then your eyes will be directed there, you will have a more definite focal point. Remember, don't do too much. It's really nice just like it is too. Shari

oleCC
11-03-2000, 07:32 PM
Carly... I like the composition now as it is.. and agree about glazing that lower left petal some to push it back. Fritching can be tricky...if you press too hard and disturb the paper too much, it will not accept new paint without first a thin coat of gesso or gouche. Did you find that a problem?
Lovely gift, so thoughtful..just like you.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

CarlyHardy
11-03-2000, 11:28 PM
Carol...I don't think I scrubbed out enough to take the paper surface down...it took the washes afterward okay. I did glaze over the left rose very lightly and I like it better now. Think I will call it quits! while I'm ahead!
Thanks everyone with all of your help...you really don't realize how much confidence it gives me when I know I can depend on all of you to get me out of a jam!

I did order some gouache today!
carly

MALARKEY
11-03-2000, 11:58 PM
Carly, this is really pretty. I am sure your friend will be thrilled. I am also glad to see what I call "carly colors" in this painting... I strive to mix them http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif sandy

CarlyHardy
11-04-2000, 12:30 AM
Here is a pic of the roses with mat in the frame (which looks darker than the real thing)....

I tried the "fritch" technique on the dark between the roses an pulled a petal over the two...I think I'll try the glazing to push the lower left rose more into the background..
What do you think?
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catjoe
11-04-2000, 12:56 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!