View Full Version : It's Been a long Day!

02-05-2008, 08:25 PM
Here is an 11 x 14 on Wallis, Nupastels, softies and Carb Othello pencils. These two had collapsed in the stroller after a day at SeaWorld.

C&C welcome.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2008/93947-Corbin_and_Sam-small.JPG
The stroller bar on the right makes her arm look cut off. Should I improvise and extend the red jacket. Now that I look at it for the 68th time, I think I should completely take out the bar. What do you think?

02-05-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm not sure about the arm, but I do like the painting it is very nice. They look exhausted.

02-05-2008, 09:24 PM
Nice painting. Maybe if you made the arm with more of a bend, like the other one where you can see it, it might read better instead of all the folds. Its great no matter what you do to it. A memorable day.


Mikki Petersen
02-06-2008, 03:37 AM
Sometimes I find it difficult to know what to include and what to leave out in a painting. In this case, I don't think the bar adds anything to the story and could easily go away. It's one of the reasons I love pastel so much...cropping is simple. The painting is beautifully done and tells such a familiar tale.


02-06-2008, 12:21 PM
Scott - thanks and yes, they were out as soon as the stroller started rolling.

Merrie and Mikki - Those two names go together, don't they? :) I think I will extend her arm and let it fade into the dark. With a stiff brush and a few ststrokes and it will be fixed.

02-06-2008, 12:49 PM
Cropping would be OK, but I knew at first glance that they were in a stroller and it didn't look odd to me. Very nice!

02-06-2008, 03:33 PM
It's finished. I did take out the stroller bar and work the jacket into the shadow. I like it much better now.

bruce johnson
02-06-2008, 05:01 PM
Great Job Harriett ... love the skin tones

02-06-2008, 05:34 PM
Beautifully done Harriet, the finished painting really captures these two little darlings just perfectly.

02-06-2008, 08:19 PM
Bruce - thanks for the comment about the skin tones. Trying to get depth and shadow along with baby softness wasn't easy. Since you do such nice portraits you know what I mean.

Willemke - thanks. I looked at your website and the baboon especially made me smile. Also looked at the artist Ze you are working with. Keep up the good work with the animals.

02-07-2008, 12:30 AM
What a precious pair. You did a beautiful job on this.


WC Lee
02-07-2008, 08:04 AM
did a wonderful job :)

Merethe T
02-07-2008, 02:40 PM
Beautiful painting....the changes worked out very well!


02-07-2008, 03:17 PM
Hi Harriett..the painting is wonderful..you tell the story perfectly without the stroller bar..I vote for taking it out and just making a vignette out of the painting..just kind of loose the bottom of that area...!!great job!

02-07-2008, 06:29 PM
My thanks to WC Lee, Merethe and Alicia - I am learning that "less is more" is true in many things. This has been a really good practice at doing children. They ARE different from doing adults.:D

Isn't this (WC) a great venue for learning?