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09-20-2008, 09:54 PM

Title: Dream
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16x20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This idea is from a dream I had. I have tried to capture the atmosphere as best I could. I had trouble with making the left and right sections bright and powerful. Don't think I have succeeded there.<br><br>Any feedback is greatly appreciated.<br><br>

Could somebody suggest a technique for making paintings more luminous and bright? <br><br>Any technical details that I could fix?<br>

09-20-2008, 10:03 PM
Smaller version of the picture is attached as a thumbnail.

09-20-2008, 10:26 PM
Here is something I have done with Photoshop. Just useing more saturation of the colors. The colors pop, but is that your colors? Only you know.

I like the painting and your use of colors as vertical bands.


Gemini IX
09-20-2008, 10:36 PM
This is so cool! Very unique! I think if you used a darker background for the third section the leaves might have the effect you want.

09-21-2008, 01:09 AM
Just marvelous!! such a special angle!

09-21-2008, 02:46 AM
Thanks for the kind words. DeleG, that is exactly the affect I was looking for. I will see if I can make the colors better and repost an updated version.

09-21-2008, 07:13 PM
A step further in your search for luminosity might be mentioned.<br> It basically has to do with light.<br> Luminosity and light are one and the same. <br>In order to show them in a painting we must have darkness.<br> I gray scaled your image and while it does have some darkness it is pretty much middle ground.<br> here is the image:<br,br>

There is nothing really luminous about it.<br> We have symbols of shadow and light but we are not convinced,<br> especially as the natural law or rule of light is clashing and contradicting itself in the painting.<br> (I realize it is a dream.)<br>The most we gain from bright color is that we have a hot side and a cool side.<br> I do not of course know what your symbolisms mean.<br> I would have chosen backlighting for the most surreal and luminous effect.<br> But our purposes here are served by noting that the light enters the painting initially from the left<br> moves across all objects subjecting them to a light side and a dark side and then exits on the right.<br> But note how the light glows in the darkness<br> and has a luminous effect on the left side of your painting.<br> Towards the middle it becomes rather ambivalent ( the common ground shared by the two persons), <br>and then on the mans side there is no darkness except the right had side of the plant material<br> as it should be with the lights entry on the left..<br> The rest is sort of burned out in the presence of light.<br> I find it somewhat confusing as you can probably tell by my wordiness. <br>Anyway hopefully this will be useful to you<br> in the matter of what options you have to increase the luminosity. <br>