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Old 04-14-2018, 02:12 PM
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

I support the recommendation TheBongolian made. Moving the van to the right and the Joshua tree to the left creates a very nice dynamic and a constant clockwise eye movement from van to Joshua tree to top of tree to the angled rocks and back down to the van. VERY nice.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Thanks artelahe.

I got the whole canvas covered, so I think it will go a lot smoother from here on. I am rather proud of myself in that I managed to block in the van with red and white and not end up with a pink smudge.



I plan on putting some opaque glaze over the background to make it recede back further.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Or, make yourself a golden section caliper out of card stock, (utube), and use those proportions.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Thank you, ptrkgmc. I will keep that in mind the next time I am unsure about how the composition should go.

The commission is done, and the client is very happy with it, which is what counts.

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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

well there you go, well done!
not seeing a signature ... you did remember to sign it, right!

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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Thank you !

I remembered to sign it after I took the photo.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

I know it’s an old post, but would you mind showing what eventually satisfied you and your client? I’d live to see the finished work.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Post #20 above is the finished piece. The bus is about the same size as in the photo, but I did enlarge and move the Joshua Tree to the left for better balance. The client was happy.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

It's funny, when I saw the vibrant colors in post 17, I thought the piece was going to look very different! It's very nice as it ended up. Well done.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

I guess it's a moot point (now that the painting is done), but may I say it's a wonderful painting. I love it. I love how it transformed from post 17 to 20.
It's still a good question though, about enlarging the subject.
I wouldn't do it (or have done it) either.
Every time I love a feature, and I love it so much I decide to make it bigger or otherwise accentuate it, it looses its charm completely. It's like, if in a movie, they spoke the best or funniest lines louder than the other lines. Or somehow called attention to it like...OK FOLKS - GET READY BECAUSE HERE IT COMES...
No. Spoils it. Insults the audience too, as though we need a "guide" to point out what's important. Maybe not an ideal analogy, but I think it's pretty good. I love your painting as I said. If I saw a bigger VW Microbus camper, possibly out of scale, possibly dominating the scene, I don't think I'd like it half as much.
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Re: Should I enlarge the subject of this painting or leave it alone?

Thankl you Marc. I also am inclined to enlarge the subject, because that is what engaged me in the first place and the rest is background noise. That, and I don't particularly enjoy doing landscapes, so I generally get that out of the way asap.

Since ths was a commission, and the image had potential, I put my proclivities aside and made a painting that kept me engaged and would please the client.
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