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Bob Abrahams
10-17-2007, 06:52 AM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/10-17-2007/1176_LEAVES_ALIVE_wip_CIMG1804SML.jpg
http://img26.picoodle.com/img/img26/6/10/17/f_LEAVESALIVEm_61a65b4.jpg (http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/6/10/17/f_LEAVESALIVEm_61a65b4.jpg&srv=img26)


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: LEAVES ALIVE
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 30
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
This is an imaginative and conceptual painting - no visual resource material.<br> <br>I have been struggling with this fairly large painting for two weeks. I think the composition is OK but have repainted colours and tones of the subject and background at least 4 times.<br> <br><br><br>

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I am happier now, its approaching what I have been visualising. About 85% complete, but would still appreciate a few C&Cs <br><br>How can I enhance the painting now in its final stages

LGHumphrey
10-17-2007, 11:59 AM
Bob, is it as dark as it appears on my monitor, i.e. really dark?

Corby
10-17-2007, 02:16 PM
On my monitor it is I would say low key, but not overly so. I love the broken color and the muted effect. Its just that there is not enough subject matter. I keep looking for a reason. It is not a botanically oriented work. There are no extensive details for purposes of identification, what is it about these plants that we should look at them? That is not to say that they are not beautiful, perhaps just more of them? Another layer as it were? We seem to be seeing them from a viewpoint some ways down their stems. Why not give us a foreground "layer" that reveals what their tops look like, with maybe some crisp information of what goes on in the nodules where all the leaves come together on the stem? Even leaving the composition as is, it works. I dont know what effect you were trying to get, but it seems to me the plants ought to be growing out of darkness up into light. I would move all the darker colors to lower leaves and stems and put the sunny yellows at the top. The background colors need to be changed from warm purples and violets to cool blue purples and violet so they recede into the background. Heres a rather choppy visual indication of what I am saying:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2007/70790-f_LEAVESALIVEm_61a65b4.jpg

Candices_Creations
10-17-2007, 02:57 PM
Bob..the image is quite dark on my monitor , too..

Bob Abrahams
10-17-2007, 09:05 PM
On my monitor it is I would say low key, but not overly so. I love the broken color and the muted effect. Its just that there is not enough subject matter. I keep looking for a reason................

Thanks for those very valid comments
I will reflect on your suggestions and see what can be applied to the painting at this stage.

The photo image is a little dark. I will take another after the next painting session

Bob Abrahams
10-18-2007, 06:29 AM
Thanks everyone for your helpful comments and suggestion.

Here is the next stage. I think with your help I have solved some of the problems. Still not finished, especially along the bottom


http://img29.picoodle.com/img/img29/6/10/18/f_LeavesAlivem_0e8ab92.jpg (http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/6/10/18/f_LeavesAlivem_0e8ab92.jpg&srv=img29)

Corby
10-19-2007, 01:10 PM
looking good Bob, the elevated key does enliven it. Your next phase will increase the sense of depth?

Bob Abrahams
10-24-2007, 07:35 AM
looking good Bob, the elevated key does enliven it. Your next phase will increase the sense of depth?

Oil on 91 76cm GW canvas stretcher.
This is an imaginative and conceptual painting - no visual resource material.

As you all know, I have been struggling with this fairly large painting for weeks. Have lost count how many times it has been over painted.

It is finished now. and thank you for all your C&Cs over the lasts few weeks.

http://img03.picoodle.com/img/img03/6/10/24/f_LEAVESALIVEm_aa6f06d.jpg (http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/6/10/24/f_LEAVESALIVEm_aa6f06d.jpg&srv=img03)