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Old 09-08-2018, 01:11 PM
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Gardenia #1

Ok, so I worked up the courage to post something I just finished, and then I see water girl and allydoodle (among other outstanding artists), and almost lost my nerve. But I'm thinking of making prints of some of my flower paintings and doing cards, like a set or something.
So please, honest, brutal (if necessary) feedback. It's a little fuzzy from being optimized.


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Old 09-08-2018, 01:27 PM
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Re: Gardenia #1

So soft. I love gardenias. Your soft focus reminds me of the feel of those petals. This will make a beautiful card and print.

Please post more of your work. We’d love to see it. Pastel is a unique medium that offers artists so many different ways to express themselves. If this is an example of what you create, I can’t wait to see more!
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:07 PM
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Re: Gardenia #1

Love the contrast and how the flower emerges from the black background. Love the texture too. Beautiful.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:54 PM
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Re: Gardenia #1

IMO it would fit very well for a card.
I really like the composition and colors.
If it was mine I would try to get some hard edges at the middle petals of the flower as it is meant to be the focus point and hard edges help to keep the attention of the observer.

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Re: Gardenia #1

I think this would make a great card too, Kris. Flowers are such universally appealing subjects. This is so beautifully done and I look forward to seeing the rest of the set as you finish them!
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Old 09-11-2018, 05:12 PM
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Re: Gardenia #1

THis is very beautiful. I think ColorEnthusiast's suggestion is a good one. Maybe the blue negative space is a bit large..?
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:46 PM
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Re: Gardenia #1

You have beautifully demonstrated the amazing colors that make this white gardenia a gem. Well done Chris! Keep those pastels handy, we want more.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:11 AM
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Re: Gardenia #1

I find the background too under worked though, perhaps incorporate that into the painting next time?
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