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couturej
09-02-2008, 05:56 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/09-02-2008/84697_IMG_3245_resized.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Kashmir India Man
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 8X10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
Hi everyone! Lea<br>ing to paint Alla Prima. This is a painting I finished today. WS oils on canvas 8X10. Credit for reference photo Steve Evans.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Comment and Critique on any aspect of the painting is appreciated.

KTusa
09-02-2008, 06:27 PM
Nice work Couture, but A perspective of the Indian man, I think his right knee is not in the good position.

Example:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Sep-2008/140115-84697_IMG_3245_resized.jpg

Corby
09-02-2008, 06:55 PM
I love alla prima style work. This is a pretty small format to put such a complicated subject on in that style...the small size tends to make us squench our eyes and our hand down as we work, so it tends to make us draw rather than paint freely. Still it has nice complimentary colors and composition and one immediately identifies the culture. My main concern is the lack of presence or power in the mans eyes. There is not enough contrast in them to make a statement.

couturej
09-03-2008, 08:03 AM
Thank you KTusa and Corby for your feedback! :)

tgsloth
09-03-2008, 09:08 AM
I quite like this little painting and while I recognize that there can be improvement in the details (as other posters have said), I view it more as an impressionist exercise and feel like the painting should be examined as a whole.

I believe the contrast and palette can be improved. Getting value contrast in a wet on wet painting is a matter of using a very light touch on the brush, particularly to pop some highlights. Such technique really animates an Alla Prima work. My issue with the palette is that I think the relentless green on the right has given a green cast to the whole work. So, in photoshop, I bumped the contrast and fought off the green cast by applying a light magenta filter. If you like this, you can do the same in painting by rubbing on an overall glaze of Alizerin Crimson. Often such a final glaze can really unify and change a painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2008/124239-84697_IMG_3245_resized.jpg

couturej
09-03-2008, 10:15 PM
Thank you tgsloth for your help!