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Bruce Rohrlach
01-21-2000, 05:39 AM
Hi there,

This is an acrylic (brand-Matisse) painting (100 x 75 cm) on stretched canvas - took about 8 nights to complete. The turtle and fish were from photographs while the background and seawhip corals are from imagination. I've done about 10 paintings so far and have never had any critiqued before so - here it is http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Bruce http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/Turtle.jpg

bruin70
01-21-2000, 07:52 AM
overlapping the turtle with the red stuff would set the turtle into the painting quite nicely. because every element is position unto itself with no overlap, all the elements look flat to the scene.
you've run into a value problem here. the value of the turtle's back is the same as the backdrop. lighten/darken one or the other to pop the turtle. don't be afraid to change things in order to make them read better.that's YOUR option as an artist. mother nature is NOT always right.

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"he who thinks he know all and knows nothing is king in a kingdom of one,,,,,or a critic" - the kobe

irene clark
01-22-2000, 03:15 PM
Hi again Bruce,
You sure do have a way of making your subject seem larger then life. I love it. I feel I'm right there in the water swimming along side.
The contrast with the fabulous blues are tres manifique. That's French for awesome!
Love your style of fine art in all your paintings on the forum.
You've inspired me to pick up the brushes today. Gotta paint now!
Keep on strokin,
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

robinsn
01-23-2000, 11:40 AM
The first time I saw this I thought something was not quite right, but wasn't sure what. After I read bruin's comment, I realized that's what it was. It's flat because nothing overlaps, and the values are all too similar.

If you look at the turtle by itself, you wouldn't know it's underwater. Perhaps you need more of the blue of the water apparent in the turtles colors? Or maybe the overlapping would take care of that.

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-Randy
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[This message has been edited by robinsn (edited January 23, 2000).]