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Old 06-15-2019, 02:16 AM
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Title: Chemistry
Year Created: 2018
Medium: Gouache
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 5.5 x 8.5
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I took a sad multi-year break from art and started back up last year. I have always painted w/ acrylics and oils but decided to give watercolor and gouache a try... I knew nothing about them (and still don't!).

This was one of the first pieces I did... I realize the date is obnoxious :)

I would like to take this painting and create a larger version of it... Any feedback is helpful! I am also testing the waters in a way, to see if I feel brave enough to post more recent work.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:17 AM
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Re: Chemistry

Oh no! It came out so big 🤦🏻‍♀️ (edit: I think I fixed this... sorry, first timer here!)

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Old 06-15-2019, 12:15 PM
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Re: Chemistry

The heavy black used on the decanter? draws the eye and just feels heavy in the upper corner to me.. around the figure also..
Some other dark mix of colors might work better..
Plain black needs to be used very carefully, it can suck the life out of a work in heavy doses..
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:16 PM
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Re: Chemistry

hey, barefoot, welcome to WC!

this piece would go over well in the contemporary/abstract forum and it's okay to post in more than one forum if you like. they're great for kudos/encouragements over there as compared to here, which is great for critique with a side of kudos.

my interpretation of the work is of chemistry falling heavily on me, coming to wack me upside the head, lol, my brain doesn't do well on chem other than to make a wicked volcano with vinegar and baking soda. not sure if that's close to what you were going for? bang on if it is, or perhaps too heavy like JMW mentioned.

looking forward to seeing more from you anyway, always a thrill watching a newbie artist grow into themselves

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Old 06-15-2019, 10:03 PM
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Re: Chemistry

Hi barefoot! I am trying to understand the message of your painting. I am not good with abstract paintings, so I cannot give any constructive criticism. However, I am a chemist and interested your take on chemistry. Is it positive or negative? I kind of settle with the idea being both: one side is red and the other is green on the background.

I agree that the black of the erlenmeyer (the flask) too much, and too black. Any dark color will be better.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:38 AM
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Re: Chemistry

Thank you to all of you! I cannot believe I waited so long to reply... I've been so scared to read the comments that I have not been to the forum since posting. That is, of course, not considerate at all to those of you who took the time to comment. La- Thank you for the tip! I will post there if I can find some courage somewhere.

I agree with the black being out of place and your note about needing to use it very carefully is helpful to keep in mind, JMW.

As for the piece itself... I was partly just playing around and getting to know the new paints. I was in the midst of a lot of exciting adventures in life - starting a business and falling in love- and this painting feels reminiscent of my feeling around that time... guarded but also open, intoxicated by life's beauty, overwhelmed. It was indeed a time of polarities, so I love what you said about the colors, Shenko. I had honestly not given it much thought and your comment allowed me to reacquaint myself with where I was at that time!
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