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Old 12-19-2005, 06:03 PM
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2 paintings

hello.
i'll share 2 paintings.

both are:
12 x 16
oil
canvas paper tapped to board


the one with toast was done awhile ago. i did some touch up today. tried to get the coffee cup rim the right shape. also plate rim isn't quite the right shape. one thing i added was the part of a container in the upper left. it wasn't really in my scene, i added it later and i think it looks funny. but for the composition i think it was needed.

the second was done last week. i did have 2 different apples the first time. the one further back was a red apple. my wife pointed out it looked funny so i tried to add another Gala apple. it was harder to paint over what was left of the original. also the fabric on the right zigzags too nicely. i think i could have done that better.

C&C is very welcome.. i appreciate comments.
Eric



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Old 12-19-2005, 09:30 PM
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Re: 2 paintings

Eric, I too have a tough time adding elements to a still life once the painting is done. You seem to have a way with bananas; in both paintings they're very well done.

The first painting has the plate and the saucer 'kissing'; that's an element that you want to try to avoid in still life paintings. Having the elements either overlap or stay separated is preferred. I think your fabric folds are quite well painted in the second, in spite of your comment about the zig zag. A little more shading on the apples would bring them up to the level of finish of the rest of the piece.

Thanks for sharing your work in our new forum.

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Old 12-20-2005, 05:57 AM
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Re: 2 paintings

Hi,

She is right on the money. I can only add that I too thought your bananas are great even before I read Jamie's post and was quite taken with your fabric. Very nice paintings.

I need to watch for kissing too. A good reminder.

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Old 12-20-2005, 11:16 AM
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Re: 2 paintings

so nice to have other eyes on this stuff!

i didn't know about the kissing rule but now that you point it out....it seems obvious! thanks. plus i do agree looking at the apples that they do need some shade to bring them out.

thank you!
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:58 PM
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Re: 2 paintings

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so nice to have other eyes on this stuff!

i didn't know about the kissing rule but now that you point it out....it seems obvious! thanks. plus i do agree looking at the apples that they do need some shade to bring them out.

thank you!
Eric

sure, just think of the flat edge of a dock lining up right on the water sky horizon line...which for plein air painters you know right off is not ideal. This kissing thing is similar for still life'ers...

nice efforts, Eric...
my suspicions are there might be more neutrals present which I'd encourage you to look for, as such used a bit more liberally will allow where color is used in a more limited manner to really sing more, or with greater excitement. I imagine the apples nearer its edges might hold hints of indirect light...
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Old 12-21-2005, 06:20 AM
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Re: 2 paintings

Nice 'nannas, and I wouldn't have noticed anything amiss with the fabric if you hadn't mentioned it.

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