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Jose Paul
12-25-2007, 08:38 PM

Title: The kid and the burro
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 8
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is a bit of a departure in style for me, although I have tried to still be loose.

Any crit/comment is welcome. I am hoping it will all help me improve.

12-25-2007, 08:44 PM
Woo hoo! I don't have a single critique on this. I love it. I immediately realized I have to send a link to this to a friend of mine who I'm sure will also love it . Absolutely fantastic. I'm jabbering here, I know, but this is an exciting picture.

D.W. Flint
12-25-2007, 08:47 PM
I don't know what your other style is, but I like this one. Very different and eye catching. Don't know what else to say. It's great as far as I'm concerned.:thumbsup:

12-25-2007, 10:57 PM
Oh Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have an appreciation for watercolour wash and ink.

Absolutely fabulous.


12-25-2007, 11:24 PM
what could you possibly do better? It is fabulous!

12-26-2007, 12:01 AM
Wonderful! This piece has such a sense of "story" about it. I want to know more about the boy, and where he and the burro are going. This is great!!!!

12-26-2007, 12:48 AM

This one made me smile, it is delightful and fun!


12-26-2007, 06:38 AM
Wonderful, cheerful, happy. Well done!

12-26-2007, 01:31 PM
Excellent watercolor painting.

12-26-2007, 01:39 PM
:clap: Superb use of line here with the watercolor; it tells a story and is so wonderful! We don't know your style unless you post one of your others, but this is so fantastic. :D

12-26-2007, 06:09 PM
completely awesome style...outlines make it special...not too controlled..more gestural..
very unique

12-26-2007, 07:48 PM
I just love the style the painting seems to capture a story of some sorts.


12-26-2007, 08:38 PM
Great art work... reminds me of a greeting card. very professional looking. & YES makes me smile :)

12-26-2007, 08:50 PM
Beautiful work

Jose Paul
12-27-2007, 08:51 AM
Thanks a lot for the kind comments. Here is a higher res scan (http://bp1.blogger.com/_Pxh3z4pDSQc/R3GeJQE99sI/AAAAAAAABxo/W1A0QqQK4qs/s1600-h/burro.jpg) (beyond the wc 600px restriction).
I hope to post more of my stuff for review.

Anthony Nightowl
12-27-2007, 02:30 PM
I just dont like it dont know why but I dont, And I never will. Theres one little area that saves it, can you see it.

Jose Paul
12-27-2007, 06:39 PM
Anthony, I don't know the area you mentioned. Please elaborate.

Jodi B.
12-27-2007, 11:15 PM
Well I think it's great! :clap: Very colorful and pleasing to the eye. :thumbsup:

12-28-2007, 03:20 AM
I adore this and the life you have given the composition. Great job working with multiple mediums.

12-31-2007, 02:38 AM
personality abounds
what stunning animation this would make

12-31-2007, 05:25 AM
Very nice one, I like it!

Anthony Nightowl
12-31-2007, 11:34 AM
Sorry Jose I'm being far too critical, it's the rear end of the burro that,s out, but you dont notice because the aria around the boy and the head of the burro pulls your eyes away from the rear of the burro and its legs which are a drawback from the whole as a nice peace

Jose Paul
12-31-2007, 03:05 PM
I think I understand what you are saying, Anthony. Thank you all, for the comments.

12-31-2007, 05:00 PM
i like the gestural nature of the piece. The linework is nice.
I also like the colors you have chosen, they suit the piece.

I'd suggest posing the kid so the arms read better. I'd like to see some definition in the foreground - eg, bring out and define parts of the bushes and work the contrast between abstract and delineated.

I wouldn't mind seeing the anatomy of the burro delineated a bit more to give him a little character, perhaps in the head. I might say the same for the pack on him, it's hard to tell what is going on with the details. I always like it when i have the option of appreciating some details in a piece, even if it is loosely done.
Working a more geometric value scheme might prove beneficial - I can't really find much here. I suggest considering the value scheme before the color, then use the colors to suit the values.

Overall i like the piece, I'd just suggest spending a bit more time on the compositional aspect: contrasts between loose/tight, light/dark, perhaps even line/mass, and finding a good geometric scheme for your value and color.
I hope all that made sense... ;)