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Old 03-13-2017, 03:46 PM
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Okay, la. . .

While I also think composition is of utmost importance to a picture, I don't put much stock in all those lines and mathematical formulae and after-the-fact explanations of why something works.

Maybe my lack of discipline shows; oh well! When I retired I did a lot of practice stuff, and took some photos, and here's one painting I had a VERY hard time with. I worked at it from every direction (upside down, etc.) to try to get the shapes to work out, and I had to remove the bar--a wooden railing-- in the left, which was difficult.

Whether this will liven this section, I don't know. But feel free to critique. I'm done with the thing! It's a still life of some winter squash and a ceramic mask my sister made, on my etching press.

. . .about midway through. . .

. . .just about done, I think
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:53 PM
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Re: Okay, la. . .

yay for participating in the comp forum!!

and this is a fabulous piece for comp discussion, i think, mostly because of the bar you removed

i wonder why, specifically, you decided it had to go?

i thought it was the arm of the chair and also thought it led the viewer in and contained the scene nicely

without it now the rod on the top right confuses me, i don't know what it is or why it's there and the first image Seems the most balanced, strictly compositionally speaking.

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Old 03-14-2017, 03:07 PM
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Re: Okay, la. . .

Yes, I agree the rod (handle) might seem out of place; I guess I'm just used to seeing it. I removed the bar because it split the white shape behind it (blanket) into two almost-twin shapes, which for some reason really bothered me.

Looking at the picture here (jpeg form) I think that corner should be more blurred, or darker; to push it back. Other suggestions? (Though, as I said, I'm DONE with this problematic pic!)
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