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12-17-2008, 01:26 AM

Title: naked Lady of the Lake
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16 x 12
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Made ya look - Made ya look! :)<br><br>OK I promise to do no more flowers ('cept the Dampier one for Corby) but this was this mo<br>ing's workout.

I value all comments and critiques.

12-17-2008, 02:05 AM
No icon...so I looked...and glad I did. Your flower paintings are gorgeous, they have an awareness about them that is rare. The Nymphaea would usually have been plonked in the water on a lily pad 'teacup and saucer' style. Not so you have shown it as a lovely individual of its kind... your means of saving it from a centered position are very well done.

12-17-2008, 03:05 AM
Hey :) this is lovely. she is festive.

12-17-2008, 08:02 AM
You knock this off just in the morning? Sheeesh.
As Corby says, you got away with centering the flower because, in my view, of the stuff painted to the left of the bloom but I suggest that a darker background could extend the value diversity and make the flower more of a star. Apended photoshop to illustrate:


12-17-2008, 08:51 AM
Thank you Marie! This was a great start to my day today!

12-17-2008, 10:00 AM
Wow! knocked my socks off. Really nice. Maybe a hint of some darker blues in the water foreground?

12-17-2008, 04:47 PM

12-17-2008, 05:22 PM
Love those lush brushstrokes.

12-17-2008, 05:38 PM
This is breathtaking!!! I would like to have such a morning! :clap:
I think I have to learn some ala prima painting instead of my old fashioned style!

12-17-2008, 05:51 PM
Gosh - isn't it great to wake up to such responses !

Corby - Being ever so slightly twisted I see personality in everything (even my frying pans talk back to me!) and I am so happy you sense this thru the painting. As opposed to the Morning Rose which was a Judy Garland center stage no one else could outshine that beauty, this lady of the Lake I saw more as a ballerina with the corp de ballet in the background. Oops - getting a bit esoteric here! LOL Thank you.

Ronni - Indeed she is - all decked out in her best tu-tu!

Bob (TG) - Yep and I gotta confess I am more surprised than you are. Twelve months ago I couldn't have done it at all let along as my morning workout (thanks for that expression its perfect!). And for the photoshop which is indeed more dramatic but if I may trouble you to read what I wrote above in this post to Corby perhaps it explains why the background needed to have a light of its own.

I did it just for you Madame Spyder! - :angel:

Eric - thank you! Yes I took most of the cad lemon out and no sap green just ultramarine blue over the wash.

Paintersanantone (I put your first name somehwere now I cant find it grrrr) Anyway - thank you I just love 'awesome' :)

Lawrence - you checking up on me laddie? LOL Its rather leaning into impasto as well but hard to show in the image size.

12-17-2008, 06:49 PM
Alfred - How wonderful to be taking your breath away! Wheeeeeee! Dont give up your real painting but yes alla prima is fun and gives one something to do at the easel whilst waiting for layers to dry on other work such as my latest portrait.

12-18-2008, 06:10 AM
So where's the naked lady?

Just kidding. This is actually very good. It think some framed prints of it would sell well in a home decor shop. I agree with "tgsloth" about the darker background.

12-18-2008, 07:03 AM
Such an interesting take on composition and angle for this kind of image.

So beautiful!

12-18-2008, 02:31 PM
Wow! This certainly rocks! Perfection! I love it as is!! Beautiful brush work! :)

12-18-2008, 03:01 PM
I prefer your version - I love your brushwork and the water is fantastic! I would love to paint like that :cat:

12-18-2008, 06:10 PM
I agree with "tgsloth" about the darker background.

Thanks - I also agree with Bob on that score but since it wasn't what I was aiming for then I had to place it in my 'consultation notes from wise old men' file and in fact I used it with The Showgirl. :)

12-19-2008, 01:06 AM
Yup, you did make me look, and glad I did. I have looked at this "naked lady" for some time and I have learned a lot just by observing your brush strokes. Nothing beats alla prima. You are a master. We're not worthy...

12-19-2008, 01:24 AM
This is one of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen.

12-19-2008, 02:50 AM
mackb - LOL Yes you are Grasshopper :)

kadon - thank you for such a wonderful response to my painting. But if you think it's good, have a look at http://kadon-artwork.blogspot.com/2008/06/lily.html :)

12-19-2008, 08:12 PM
You are so sweet greensyster.

Gemini IX
12-20-2008, 03:07 AM
Hot damn! Is there anything you can not paint? Is there anything you consider challenging? How about an abstract? I am sure you would be good at that as well. Anyhow, naked Lady of the Lake is beautiful!

12-20-2008, 04:03 AM
Ian - I always get a kick out of your post laddie! :)

12-20-2008, 04:28 AM
Absolutely love this greensyster, the freshness and spontanaiety shine through

12-20-2008, 04:32 PM
Thank you for that comment, Phil :)

12-20-2008, 10:06 PM
Good stuff here Marie, I like it! :thumbsup: I will saying make the water and the bushes more darker!



12-20-2008, 10:18 PM
LOL - Ktusa - did that naughty TGSloth put you up to that? :) He said it early on this thread and I responded with why I didn't wish to hide the 'corps de ballet' in the background. Thank you tho for taking the time to reimage and post.

12-20-2008, 10:51 PM
Marie, Yep a now that Bob is very naughty! No Bob have not mail me for that but, when he do that Ill will also say to you "He has not done it!":lol:

12-21-2008, 12:31 AM
Glad I saved the original painting...couldn't bear to lose that lovely background "corp de ballet."

12-21-2008, 12:34 AM
LOL - OK you guys are all pulling an old lady's leg aren't you? Confess! :lol: :lol: And Kadon I promise I have not altered The lady since my very first post on her - it's these renegades who keep trying to kill off the corp de ballet! :D

12-21-2008, 12:48 AM
LOL - OK you guys are all pulling an old lady's leg aren't you? Confess! :lol: :lol: And Kadon I promise I have not altered The lady since my very first post on her - it's these renegades who keep trying to kill off the corp de ballet! :D

Love your style...and this time I am not talking about your painting.

12-21-2008, 12:59 AM
BEAUTIFUL! comp is great, brushwork is outstanding, I wouldn't change anything! I love the contrast between the broken strokes of the background and the smoother water in the foreground. Really beautiful.

12-21-2008, 02:51 AM
Kadon - :)

RedTerra - I want you to come to all my threads! :) Thank you for those lovely observations.

Caroline P
12-21-2008, 12:26 PM
Stunning is all I can say!!