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09-22-2002, 10:02 PM

Title: untitled (WIP)
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 10x18
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is from a photo I got of my parents and my son. Despite their best pose, my parents couldn't get Ian to smile.

As for the lousy, shiny digital pic, I gave up after a long battle with the camera.

I'd say I'm about halfway through the painting. I'm trying to keep it loose and make the abstractions interesting. I'm looking for comments and suggestions on the composition.

09-22-2002, 10:07 PM
I love these people
I know these people.
paintings with people
smiling are not as
good anyway.
fab comp as per usual.

09-22-2002, 10:42 PM
I like the colors, especially in the background. I think its a camera around your dad s neck, I like that because it looks like its coming out of the picture.

09-23-2002, 12:29 AM
I don't think posed smiles are natural to use for a painting
best to use pictures where something is captured that is real
if you capture a spontaneous smile, that is great
the features on a natural smile are different than a posed one.

therefore, I like the child crying, if that is what he is doing...
and the expressions of the adults in reaction to it all is great!
the lighting is good here too
not right on their faces...more dramatic
and shows things in that "other way"

I am liking this one allot
so, no comments on better composition...

though they are off to the right
the space to the left (being lighter) brings one in again

makes me smile...

09-23-2002, 10:28 AM
I like it very much! very life like. Great work!


09-24-2002, 12:20 AM
Thanks, Jerry. I don't particularly like photos with people smiling either. I can't stand fake smiles, especially my own!

Wolverine, thanks - it is a camera.

giniaad, I agree completely with your thoughts on posed smiles. After trying to take this grand photo with the perfect morning light conditions and my parents looking sharp, my son brings us all back down to earth to produce such a natural and interesting image. Thanks for your great feedback and I'm glad you're amused.

YLCIA, thanks!


Wayne Gaudon
09-24-2002, 07:18 AM
Typical kid .. you gotta like it .. this has much more memory to it than the posed for smile .. the right leg of Ian seems to want to get lost into the leg of your mum so I would slightly darken her leg or alter the color a little to push your son's leg out to the front.