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yarddog
05-05-2009, 11:53 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/05-05-2009/182771_a-IMG_1501_-c.JPG



GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: brush therapy
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Board
Dimension: 9x12
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
after spending several days creating the most horrendous knife painting I ever saw....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-shakinghead.gif
I was left with a bad case of "Knife Elbow"..........kept wanting to hold my brush upside down......
and smash it and scrape it....it was like an abuse scene in Mr. Bill's world......http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-sissyfight.gif
so I painted this flower for a little brush therapy....by the time I finished the last petal...
I was reacquainted with my brush..http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-slowdance.gif ..and ready to paint something...
I'm not sure that I like the way all those brushstrokes look.....
but I sure did like the way they felt.....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-whew.gif
so what to do....fool with it some more.....or perhaps just get on to the next one.........
and save this one for sentiment...to remind me that that flat thing is a PALLET knife.......
sorry about the shiny background.....it's solid black....usually...hahahaha....yd



MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
so..........what do you all think...should I fill them in....?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-dunnosmiley.gif
.........and of course anything else......that might talk me out of bothering..haha...?

halthepainter
05-05-2009, 11:57 PM
It's a beautiful painting.

LynnDigby
05-06-2009, 12:00 AM
I think you ought to keep using those brushes!

This is lovely!

La_
05-06-2009, 02:04 AM
*insert jaw dropping on the table in disbelief, rapture and awe smiley here*

and i'm not really even talking about the application of paint (well okay i am)

the Subject placement (it's not just a floaty flower, it's Grounded - subtly and invisibly, almost) is super duper! hard pressed to critique but do question if it might be even more super duper on an almost square format?

la

Corby
05-06-2009, 02:06 AM
yard dog I dont think I have ever seen a lovelier depiction of a sunflower. I mean it truly...how did you do that ? Is each petal formed from one basic brush stroke or did you lay down the shapes and get the wonderful textures by going back in with a small brush?

!!!...:eek:...!!!

yarddog
05-06-2009, 02:39 AM
gee...........thanks guys.........http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-budhug.gif My brush thanks you too......
you are typing me right out of changing it......

yes Corby....made many strokes...needed much therapy...with my liner brush
yes La_...I believe you are right....square would be cool....but gosh...the stem is so long...hahaha......
yes Lynn...I think I will...it's a cinch I ain't usin' no knife again......http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2009/182771-dislikesmiley.gif
hal....I'm glad you like it....thanks

mooz49
05-06-2009, 04:26 AM
Waggish lil' bowwow ........ when I first read your title "Brush therapy" I immediately pictured you getting your hair brushed .... and after reading what your post is really about ...... I am still picturing you getting your hair brushed ......:confused:
Don't put another brushstroke on this one ....it is perfect ....get on to the next one ......you know we will be eagerly waiting for it.....
Here are a couple of little gifts for you to help you recover from all the knife stress http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/27632-Sunflower.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/27632-archaeologist.gif (sorry the bone's a bit old!!}

rayji
05-06-2009, 04:29 AM
a masterfull painting yarddog!,-)

MRSBB
05-06-2009, 04:48 AM
Hi Yarddog. This is such a smashing painting. I could just reach in and pick this flower. No don't fill them in, it looks just like it grows. Your lighting is a work of art in itself. So, so Pretty............Lenore

laudesan
05-06-2009, 04:53 AM
Those curved petals are magical. How long did it take you to paint this?

michelle021
05-06-2009, 05:09 AM
Yarddog... I recieved your comment about my painting "Young Margaret" so I had to look at your images. I especially liked your portrait due to it's whimsy but found the others magical as well. Will be looking to see what comes next.

Michelle021:lol:

tgsloth
05-06-2009, 07:21 AM
Not only are the brushstrokes remarkably accomplished but so is the way you've developed and depicted an amazing variation of petal forms to create this wonderful composition. I sure couldn't do any work like this. You also seem to have nuked the collective brains of the forum into shocked admiration without any ideas for improvement. But I have gritted my teeth and resisted this temptation and offer two suggestions. The black background is not a good idea. Them old masters knocked out many a floral painting and would inevitably use a swirly mixed value background. Second, your treatment seems lacking in highlights. Perhaps a somber portrayal of the bloom was entirely your goal but I think pushing the highlights with some additional layers will get you an improvement. You can then sell the puppy and pay for your art applies for the next couple of years.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/124239-182771_a-IMG_1501_-c.jpg

billmahler
05-06-2009, 08:58 AM
The movement in the lines makes this one for me.
Fine work, YD.

yarddog
05-06-2009, 05:32 PM
....thanks everybody for your comments.......I am so glad you like it........yd

tgsloth.......I believe you may be right about the highlights....
....I'm sure my brush wouldn't mind a little more stroking.....
......imagine the flower might enjoy it as well...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/182771-flirtyeyess2.gif ..hahahahaha

cbcarnell
05-06-2009, 05:39 PM
Don't you DARE give up those brushes! This is a real beauty!

MRSBB
05-06-2009, 05:42 PM
Majority rules, don't touch it..........Lenore

Ladyred
05-06-2009, 07:05 PM
Yardog, this is beautiful, I would not change a thing. I love it. Very Very nice.

Flopka
05-06-2009, 08:01 PM
I'd just like to add that the subtle feature of the flower resting on the black table surface helps make the picture special. A few of the petals are pushed against the table and it gives the picture some subtle dynamism - the sense of soft petals against the hard, shiny table. (soft/hard, in addition to yellow/black)

The only suggestion I would make - and it may very well be there, but didn't come out in the photo - is to highlight just ever so slightly more the parts of the flower head that are in deep shadow, to complement the reflected table edge.

This is a really great composition!

allanom
05-06-2009, 09:20 PM
Really lovely. Just wish there was some support evident for the propped up position of the bloom -- stem, petals, etc. in back.

yarddog
05-07-2009, 11:43 PM
oh MRSBB....majority rules....I love that......hahaha.....so it's on to the next one.......
right after...............................
I lighten up the stem that is way back there in the dark............for allanom.......
I think Flopka sensed it there....I think it is the photography....but perhaps it needs to be a bit clearer....
cbcarnell......no-no...love my brush...it's the knife I'm giving up......
jj....didn't clock it...I'd say about 4or5 episodes of stargate..hahahaha....
mooz...thanks for the gifs.....see he's using his brush wisely.....

and everybody else so kind to look & comment....thanks!!
heading off soon on a road trip to the big city for a week or so........http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2009/182771-roadtrip.gif
I'll not re-shuffle the deck when I return......but will be anxious to see all the posts you all make whilst I'm gone.....
sure hope mosteller get's those pears finished by then.......
....I'm getting worried that Rocky got knocked out in the third round.....hahahaha.......ydhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2009/182771-bye.gif

ImTheOne
05-08-2009, 09:16 AM
I love your picture. I am not a floral artist, but I can appreciate the time and effort it took to paint this piece, especially the centre of the sunflower.