View Full Version : Florida Series #5 "The Watcher"

06-25-2007, 07:29 AM
Started this a couple of weeks ago - got uninspired, set it aside and then just had a little time last night finally to paint and worked a bit on it. It's smaller than the previous ones at 12" x 16". Since I promised myself I'd do all the selected Florida photos, I've given this one a shot. Early stages yet as I'm not truly feeling this. A bit of a glare on the top of photo. Have used a sponge to paint much of this. Recall it's based on a close-up of a statue in the Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida.


06-25-2007, 07:49 AM
Hiya Celeste - interesting crop - you're doing a great job, but I have to say he's got his eye on me in a rather unnerving way!!!!!

06-25-2007, 08:16 AM
great start. I am anxious to see it finished. Jan

06-25-2007, 08:20 AM
Ha...that's what I thought too Ruth! Not caring for this one too much....gesso may be around the corner!

06-25-2007, 08:28 AM
I enjoy this one, Celeste. I like his "character"...like Ruth said...his eye is on you. Nice color and sun! No Gesso!

Lady Carol
06-25-2007, 10:02 AM
I would not gesso but I can feel your lack of interest in this piece. Maybe put it aside again.

06-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Okay gals...aside it goes. May try to do some landscapes for a change.

06-25-2007, 11:46 AM
Don't discard this painting. Please try to finish when the mood hits. this is my favorite one of the photos. I would like to try this picture. Jan

06-25-2007, 11:55 AM
Oh, wow, Jan...please do! Like I mentioned in the original post, I welcome anyone to do any of the photos I took in Florida. I guess I need to upload them to the RIL too. I'll try to do that soon...meanwhile, feel free to download any of those photos and use them (if you can find the original thread!) I will finish the painting...just have to get inspired again.

06-25-2007, 01:31 PM
I found it and I did down load it. I want to start on it this afternoon. I will try to post it as a wip. I will write a comment and bring it to the front of the list. Jan

06-25-2007, 02:14 PM
ooo, I'm excited Jan.

06-25-2007, 03:25 PM
Absolutely do not gesso - put aside - he is the watcher after all!!!!!!:lol: :wave:

06-25-2007, 03:48 PM
Okay, okay...gesso's no where near this...neither is my creative mind!

06-25-2007, 05:18 PM
....gesso may be around the corner!

:eek: Oh no!! don't do that!! this is great!!! :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

06-25-2007, 05:49 PM
I agree... DO NOT gesso over this painting. At the very least, put it aside for a few months and then revisit it. I'm positive you will be very pleased with your efforts after a mental break from it.

I love the direction you're taking on the face itself. The colors and brush strokes are very appealing to me. I feel that if you toned down the background detail it would emphasize the face even more. Right now, the background and the face are sort of merging together. Maybe a simple two color mottled blend is all that's needed.


06-25-2007, 05:58 PM
Thanks Mona and MaloCS ... I agree about the background and it's the one issue that rather bothered me about the composition. It does need to be toned down/smoothed out tremendously as it competes with face. I like your idea about the two background blend. (See why I have Van Gogh's quote in my siggy?!)

06-25-2007, 06:45 PM
I'm late to this party but I also think that toning down the background would improve this painting alot.


06-25-2007, 07:01 PM
Better late than never, right Cami?! Yep, background gets toned. Heck maybe I'll work on it after all...at least the background.