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09-04-2002, 05:41 AM
Title: Hibiscus Bush
Year Created: 2002
Dimension: 12in by 16in
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!
First oil after almost 2 year hiatus.
MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Does this painting have too much of a "Christmas" look? Are the colors too bright? How do you tone down a painting yet keep the freshness?? Thanks for any suggestions or help. Composition wise..is it ok or not?
09-04-2002, 04:21 PM
A lovely a painterly painting!
You have already touched upon what I think could be improved -- the red/green contrast (you described it as Christmas look). I did not think it looked like Christmas, but I think the red/pink in the flowers is too isolated; that color needs to be echoed elesewhere to unite.
Atached is an edited version where I just warmed everything (red "glaze" - the same hue as the flowers).
09-04-2002, 04:24 PM
Henrik....thank you! The picture is not showing up though. *SMILE*
oops! there it is! I see what you mean. IF I did not want to do a warm wash what else could I do?
09-04-2002, 04:31 PM
I should have responded to your other questions as well. Does the composition work? I think so, a possible improvement could be to crop a little at the bottom to make the bush less centered on the middle of the painting. As a consequence of bottom crop, a little of the left side needs to be trimmed to keep the format. (Edited version attached).
Then your question on how to tone it down while keeping the freshness... Well I think a red glaze worked into the strokes will not only unite colors, but also tone down the saturation of the green.
09-04-2002, 04:32 PM
Fagan, I did not read your response to my first post. Will think of something else... (hold on)....
09-04-2002, 04:40 PM
Well, instead of warming the background, you could cool/gray down the flowers. Attached in a version with flowers toned down; I sprayed green over them. Also, the white in the bush is kind of chalky, and needs a hint of color (green/gray).
09-04-2002, 04:41 PM
ooops, did those edits on the version where I had already warmed the background... but I think the idea comes across anyway.
09-04-2002, 04:44 PM
henrik..you are a genius! I think you are on the right track here. Thanks for the suggestions.
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