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Re: Something in color...

Had fun scrolling down, seeing the development and reading your comments. Looking great. Our working techniques seem a lot alike.
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Re: Something in color...

Well, the chaps need fringing, the hooves need refining and I have to decide how to handle the background (hint... not TOO much) and the long shadow that fills the other side of the canvas. I hate this part. Lots of work but not much to show for it...
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Washed in shadows...
Late now, colors are close but not good for painting.... sigh. Now most of the rest of the work is in my head...
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Re: Something in color...

Alright I am in panic mode.
I found an ill-fitting frame and it looks good with something to break the edges but in photos this is NOT looking right. On the easel it is big, has presence and I was thinking I was happy with the absent background. I did leave all of the edges unfinished or clean so I could put one in if needed and now I am completely unsure.

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Is it strong enough with a flat background?

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Re: Something in color...

This is looking good, Deb.

All in all, it's best to trust your artists' instinct. When I look at this, I wonder about a bit of color in the background, just to suggest some more background. That might be enough to make it work in the end...?
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Re: Something in color...

I know. My gut, in the studio says "cool" but when I photograph it, there is something missing.
I am pretty sure I will repaint the background. It is a thin glaze of burnt sienna. Nice tone. Sandy and Desterty but something just didn't hold it together.

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Re: Something in color...

okay.... seriously, I cant decide.
This is a digital sketch I did from some photos of the scenery.
I can't really decide if it helps....



I want to keep it in the background. Really.... any input???
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Re: Something in color...

my vote?.....sans b/g. Either way, this is one fine piece of work.
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Re: Something in color...

It's hard to say...I like it both ways. Though the background does ground the subjects nicely, somehow it seems a bit less dramatic. Maybe just a hint of the ground textures beneath the subjects' feet to give them a little more weight would be all it would take.
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Re: Something in color...

Thanks both.
I know I have to put more surface around the shadow and might try taking a piece of clear plastic and painting around it! Nothing ventured nothing gained, and that way I don't screw up the WHOLE picture for good.
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Re: Something in color...


I actually showed this without the background in a two week display a month or so ago.
Because Mountain Oyster requires all new work, I just decided to go for it!
This is where I am putting in the environment for the gang. I THINK it will help, but as one always finds, as you adjust the surroundings, the subjects change. I hate straight lines but will work on the fencing as I get the surroundings in. I must say, I think my Maynard Dixonish clouds are pretty nice.....
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