Thanks *very* much!
Larry, I really like your retouches - the colors you indicate are very close to how it looks in naturla light (I don't know why it came across so dark in the digital pic -sigh-
). I'm going to add the 'sparkles' where the water meets the edges of the lily pads: that's something I hadn't thought of (THANK you!) I also like the way you added some pink into the yellow flower and vice-versa. Sometimes I tend to stick a bit too close to my photo references to have ideas like that hit me. I think I've spent too much time doing equine portraiture for commissions. It's making me too literal.
Where could I see some of your landscapes? I have to admit that brushstrokes are proving hard for me to get a 'feel' for. I keep reading books and articles (on-line and printed text), but nothing has helped me grasp it. I'm thinking I should take a class this fall through the local community college or some such so I can watch someone else do it right in front of me. Even videos aren't the same as 'being there'.
You hit one of my bug-bears square-on, Phyl! The parallel lines of the two curled edges are part of what's bothering me about the composition. I'm considering re-working that area so that lily pad just lies flat. I'd have thought that something that bugs me *that* much would have made itself known in the preliminary sketches I did, but NOOOOO!
Do you think that re-working it that way would help the composition flow better?
Thanks VERY much to you both!!! I can tell that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy being able to interact with fellow artists through these message boards.
[This message has been edited by EquusAlba (edited June 28, 2000).]