View Full Version : Trying to simplify

11-19-1999, 09:53 PM


11-20-1999, 02:40 AM
compositionally, i think the second piece is the weaker. the canvas is divided too evenly by the centered tree trunks....milt

11-22-1999, 08:52 PM
if this is a sketch of a tree, then you'd better do the whole tree, so that we could treat it as a "personality". (This is a very good practice for doing landscapes). A tree itself (not only its trunk) can be both simple and complicated. If this is a separate darwing, then it still should be complex and have something interesting in the background. Everything depends on what your goal is. Try to find more appealing simple things in nature (like a bee on the flower or a branch of a tree with leaves or a sky with clouds).

Drew Davis
11-24-1999, 12:15 AM
I find the negative shapes in the first more interesting than those in the second. Perhaps it needs just a bit more weight on the left to balance without being formally symmetrical, as is the second, but it's good as is. The subtly cooler colors in the background grasses, particularly on the left, add a nice suggestion of depth.

11-25-1999, 11:38 PM
The top image is very musical! The shapes and brushwork are nice,Nice compostion that too is a matter of choice by you the artist. I like both images!Isn't it just so much fun to dash off quick watercolors! Some of my favorites in my collection of my work are very fast bold statements almost abstract.

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