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Old 10-02-2017, 04:40 PM
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Loose or tight?

The first painting is an 8x6 pastel that I started onsite and then refined back in the studio. The second is a 14x11 that I did in the studio from photos and the onsite painting. I started the studio version with a watercolor underpainting and then applied the soft pastels on top of that but let some of the watercolor show through. I'm now trying to decide if I should leave it in this kind of rough state or if I should take it to a more refined state as I did with the onsite version. I know this is a matter of taste - some prefer loose, some prefer tight. But I would just like to get some feedback on how people react to the two versions. Thanks for your help.



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Old 10-02-2017, 06:20 PM
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Re: Loose or tight?

Looks like same spot in both. I prefer second one. Here is why the focus is on the water running over the log all else supports this by giving a pathway for the eye to travel thru the piece. The first piece has so many points that catch the eye but it dose not have any trail or trails to follow so all the attention to detail is undermined because you did not feel out your graphic design or composition. You can still impose one on it but first design it in your mind.
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Re: Loose or tight?

I might like the 1st more but I think both are great. I love the variety of textures and colors in the plants. Gary
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Re: Loose or tight?

1st is my fav.
but maybe a bit more brightness over the log & into backwater..to keep us looking and wondering what is farther back..?
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:56 AM
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Re: Loose or tight?

1st for me.
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Old 10-03-2017, 09:25 AM
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Re: Loose or tight?

I like the 1st. both are beautiful. I like the depth and the one splash of white in the first
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Re: Loose or tight?

I like the first, except for that circle made by the weed and its shadow. The second has too many uncovered white spots that do not add to the image.
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Re: Loose or tight?

Thanks everyone for your comments/votes. It was very helpful. I worked some more on the second one to refine it and give it some more depth. Here's the current version:
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Re: Loose or tight?

Both are superb works - love the rendering of the water.
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Re: Loose or tight?

I like your tweaks!
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Re: Loose or tight?

Thanks Mary and John
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Re: Loose or tight?

Both! It's my feeling that a piece can have both loose and tighter areas as those contrast with each other and move the eye throughout.
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Re: Loose or tight?

These are both lovely. I think loose and tight can have a happy marriage. Loose works well in periphery and tight near center of interest.
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Re: Loose or tight?

Both are so wonderful really and agree with other comments.
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Re: Loose or tight?

Both are lovely, I did prefer the first but now you have done the tweaks they are both great!
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