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Old 10-30-2017, 02:11 AM
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Still Life in Casein



Present Moment; casein tempera on board; 10" x 8"

Bows are fascinating to paint - the more you look at them the more colors jump out at you. This piece was painted from life at an upright easel - my favorite way to paint.

C&C welcome

Mary
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Re: Still Life in Casein

Beautifully done, that bow is amazing.

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This is great. I love your control of caseins. Such an interesting painting. Gary
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Outstanding work. That bow is a "Mind Blower".

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Thank you, Doug, Gary and Greg!

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My goodness, Mary! That bow is wowsers! I don't have enough superlatives to describe it. I have seen bows that look iridescent just like yours. Beautiful!

The rest of the painting is the perfect setting for the bow but something about the perspective of the box bothers me but I'm not that great at perspective myself.
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Re: Still Life in Casein

Thank you, Aba!

I painted this from life and had the present super close to me to see the bow's detail. That may have given rise to problems with perspective because the slightest shift in my gaze changed the box considerably. Another thing, I forced the verticals to be parallel to the board. In real life they vanished to a point beneath the floor. That one fix could maybe settle things down? Also, I was probably too focused on the bow

It's not too late to paint back into it. If some else has some advice for me, I might consider making some corrections to the box. But as it is, I'll just chock it up to a super close view.

Thanks again for your comment!

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Here's what I've been playing around with: a print-out of my painting, scissors, tape, pins, thread, pencil, ruler and a piece of cardboard backing.

I'm still not sure if I want to go back in and make these "corrections." Would love to hear from anyone reading this. C&C most welcome!

- Mary
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Re: Still Life in Casein

I love the way you have added touches of color from all the sources to all the objects. Creates a wonderful sense of harmony. I'm still working on developing a light touch with casein, and getting the right consistency to the paint, to make dry brush and scumbling work for me.

Re: the perspective issue. I was taken back to my middle school "Mechanical Drawing" classes--sort of introductory drafting classes. We spent hours drawing objects with views from 3 sides, finishing with a 3D view of the object. The problem with that view was we were trained to ignore perspective so there were never any vanishing points. Sides were absolutely parallel.

While undeniably accurate, it also resulted in a subtly unrealistic image.

However, I would only change this painting if that bothers You. Otherwise, just make notes for the next one.

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Thank you, Doug!

Middle school mechanical drawing class - I remember it well! You're right - the images lacked any sense of life even though they were drawn with exactness.

I liked your advice about changing it only if it bothered me. That was probably the hardest thing - deciding if it bothered me. I'm still not sure it did but I was curious enough to want to see what the changes would do for the feeling of the piece. Below is my effort. I like it - the box definitely seems more settled.

Thanks again,

Mary

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Present Moment; casein tempera on board; 10" x 8"

Bows are fascinating to paint - the more you look at them the more colors jump out at you. This piece was painted from life at an upright easel - my favorite way to paint.

C&C welcome

Mary
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:21 AM
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Re: Still Life in Casein

Mary, I had a long reply typed out then lost it!

However, in the short version, the rework made a great painting outstanding in my book.

I honestly don't offer criticism to be malicious but because I'd rather have honest criticism than a 'that's nice' that people don't really mean.

I really like what Doug said and hope that will be inferred in any future comments offered to you or anyone else!
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