View Full Version : Blue Door wip finished?

06-03-2008, 10:26 AM
The rocks had been waiting for months to be finished. I think they may be acceptable now. Do you think they are good enough to match the rest of the painting? http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2008/3341-Blue_Door_wip22_6-3-2008_8-50-53_AM.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2008/3341-Blue_Door_wip22_6-3-2008_8-52-08_AM.JPG
Here's a link to the rest of the wip: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=443056
I hope this is ready to sign so I can go on to something new. My life hasn't left much time for my art this past 13 mo.

06-03-2008, 11:16 AM
This is lovely Tammy! So serene and quiet...just the place to be, wondering what's behind the Blu Door!
One little crit re the stones...I would expect the thin shadow beneath them to be darker...as it is under the door...Print the picture out and try it out on there...with a pencil...see what you think...?

06-03-2008, 11:20 AM
Tammy, this is great, rocks look very fine indeed. The foliage is almost moving in the wind. Sign it, frame it, and hang it.

06-03-2008, 11:25 AM
Here's the reference photo. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2008/3341-bluedoorcropMineWC.jpg
There isn't much of a shadow under the rocks. I will put some plants when I think the rocks look Ok.

06-03-2008, 11:33 AM
Tammy this is wonderful!!! I think I see a little Santa Fe in there - but since I've not been to Lubbock... perhaps it's on site.

I have to say I'm not the finest of rock painters (ps - ask Deborah or some of the others here - I'm sure they will let you know)... but they work for this artist!!!

I love the sense of volume in the trees as well... Really superb job!!!


06-03-2008, 11:39 AM
Here's the reference photo.
There isn't much of a shadow under the rocks. I will put some plants when I think the rocks look Ok.
Oops...you're absolutely right! :o I also think you're right to add the plants...it will finish it off nicely.:)

06-03-2008, 04:29 PM
Oh wow! I love this so much. I am not sure I would change a thing. My interest and eye are drawn to that area from the top half of the door to the top of the building. I love the fact that it draws me in to the unseen space between the door and the building! The hightlights you've created on the far wall next to the shadows are fabulous. This is some really nice work!

06-03-2008, 06:38 PM
beautiful tammy beautiful

06-03-2008, 07:08 PM
Lovely painting.


Donna T
06-03-2008, 07:54 PM
Beautiful work, Tammy. I love the light on the tree above the door, almost as much as the door itself. This is going to look awesome framed.


06-03-2008, 08:44 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments. I think I'm going to take second look at the plants at the base of the rocks & then call it done.
Barb, this is a photo I took in Taos, NM so you're close to being right.

06-03-2008, 10:08 PM
Wonderful choice of scene and beautifully done. I think the painting considerably outshines the reference photo. More feeling, more atmospheric, softer. Superb!

Gary Burl
06-04-2008, 01:06 AM
A beautiful blue door! I've just finished a slightly different blue door painting from our last visit to New Mexico. I'll try to post it in a few days. You've done a terrific job with your blue door. Thanks for sharing.

06-05-2008, 05:09 PM
Better than the reference...Yeah!
I'm drawn to doors. I've got quite a few references to work from.
Here is the final.
Thanks, Tammy

06-05-2008, 05:24 PM
I remember when you started this Tammy.
Great finish, and the door is so inviting, I want to go in and see what's in there,

06-05-2008, 07:05 PM
The very very last step is framing. :D I played around & came up with some ideas for mats & Frames.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2008/3341-BlueDoorMatpeachAquaGoldenEagle.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2008/3341-BlueDoorMatpeachAquaWhiteWash.jpg
What do you like? And what would you use to show & sell?

06-05-2008, 07:18 PM
Oddly enough (at least for me), I prefer the first two with the blue mat. As far as framing - I don't see an option I prefer - I would want something very simple and very light in color.

This is such a stand out piece of work I can not imagine having any difficulty selling it! It may be that with so many so close together here. It's hard, but my instincts tell me to keep it light, in keeping with the feel of this fabulous painting!! (Can you tell I love it?!)

Deborah Secor
06-05-2008, 07:25 PM
Nice finish, Tammy...

I wouldn't make the mat and frame the same width. Make one or the other wider for rhythm. I prefer the mat wider than the frame.

I think the turquoise isn't serving the painting. When you use that color it makes the opposite colors more interesting. A turquoise mat, or even a turquoise bottom mat, makes the pinkish colors come to the fore. If you want to emphasize the turquoise I'd use a mat that's slightly warmer, peachy or pinkish, as the bottom mat and a neutral top mat.


Then choose a simple wooden frame in a neutral color. Again, I'd choose a wood that's warmer than cooler, if you want to emphasize the door.

Hope that helps!


Mary Brigid
06-05-2008, 09:00 PM
Hi Tammy,
YOur blue door has turned out really super. I think a neutral mat is much nicer and I would go for a neutral frame also. The painting has wonderful colours and It does not need any help from its mount. Its a beauty.
Mary Brigid

06-06-2008, 10:21 AM
Thanks for all the advice & opinions. I think I'll go with either a peach undermat with neutral top or a wider all neutral mats.
I've got to natural frames already. One is narrow but too yellow I think. The other is wider & I don't know what to do with mats if I use that one. I could make the mats wider if I crop 1/4" around off my painting. I also can go shopping for a frame but it would be nice if one I have would work. :rolleyes:I probably need a frame the color of the wider one but more narrow.
1. Narrow Yellowcast frame 2. wider frame with painting cropped & larger white mat 3. Wider frame with peach & white mats
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2008/3341-BlueDoorFramecropPeachWhiteMatsSmFrameYellowed.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2008/3341-BlueDoorFramecroplgWhiteMats.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2008/3341-BlueDoorFramecropPeachWhiteMats.jpg
Thanks for wading thru all this,