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Old 02-23-2016, 05:48 PM
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cat composition

the cat got it going on ... but does the photographer?

if one was to paint this, would you crop? straighten? make any changes?

[i'm not going to paint it, just found it on Facebook and it made me smile]

so how bout that comp ...

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Re: cat composition

Honestly, I'm not sure. The cat sure is adorable. I'd be inclined to add a cat toy to the upper portion of the photo. Either way, this picture could make anyone smile.
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Re: cat composition

Very interesting composition. Would love to see it painted
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Re: cat composition

This is an example of one of the few photos which can be translated into a strong painting! There's really only two shapes to compose and paint: the chair (secondary) and the cat (primary).

If only all photos and plein aire subjects were so well and strongly composed!

The asymmetry and imbalance help make the cat even more dominant in the picture plane.

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Re: cat composition

I would crop the floor out from above the paw. I think that will get the eyes to the right upper third.
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Re: cat composition

Don't cut off the limbs, and don't let them rest of the frame that way.
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cats - a source of inspiration for many a Dali!
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Re: cat composition

definitely has possibilities! that outstretched paw wants to take the eye right out of the painting though. someone suggested a cat toy... could use that as an eye stopper. maybe curl the tail back into the painting too, again to keep the viewing path in the painting.
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Re: cat composition

I wouldn't change a thing. I like the way the seat is slanted and then the diagonal lines of the planks can be seen. The whole thing is interesting and charming.
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Re: cat composition

way to dredge up the past, sparro! i'd forgotten about this one ... and have been flailing for ideas lately, perhaps i will paint it after all

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Re: cat composition

Better late than never! The cat doesn't look like it's playing though, it looks like it's grabbing the air, which cats do while lounging and content. A toy would probably throw me off a bit because of that, but if you painted it so that the cat was on something more obviously loungey such as an ottoman or cushion, and made sure to give the oustretched paw some extra depth like it's stretching in the viewer's direction (maybe even give the paw a slight curl like it's making a fist,) it would be a very inviting piece for anyone who loves cats. Instead of the paw taking your eyes off canvas, it would send the energy back at you, which is what the cat is actually doing to begin with.
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Re: cat composition

totally agree with all of that, paul

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Sweet validation have fun painting, La!
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Re: cat composition

I love the Fibonacci spiral as a composition tool.

With that in mind, I would add a rectangle to the top of the composition to include the outstretched paw. Then I would ad a rectangle of space to the left in proportion to the Golden Section. I would also remove all the background and replace it with something generic or plain that could be adjusted to complete the composition.

Great photo, I mean how many cats stretch according to Fibonacci's rules?
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Re: cat composition

thought i'd share how it turned out

silly cat
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