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Old 06-05-2005, 07:06 AM
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Ice Age Relics, England

Please could forum members advise me:

Is the composition interesting ?

Are there any improvements I could make ?

The painting is acrylic on linen textured paper, 10" X 14". My wife and I spotted these rocks when walking on a remote hillside. They were carried along by a glacier, and then were stranded when the glacier melted at the end of the ice age.
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:02 PM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

I like the energy in this piece, and I believe that a lot of this energy comes from the green zigzag of grass. If you do any more refining of this piece, try not to lose it.

I should probably study this forum more before I offer any more advice, but this is the kind of thing I was taught to focus on in Basic Design I.
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Old 06-30-2005, 08:03 AM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Spirit, thank you for your comments.
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Old 07-01-2005, 12:32 AM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Great painting, if you lost a quarter off the left it would be perfect.
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:37 AM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Thank you for your advice. I'll see if it's worth cropping as you suggest - it's on paper so it's not hard to do.
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:33 AM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

If it were matted instead then it would be possible to see what it would look like cropped without making any permanent changes.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:16 PM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

3dgame, I'll edit the original photo of my painting and post it on the site in the next few days.
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:19 PM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Here's the photo of the painting with about a quarter of the left hand side cropped.

Is it an improvement ? I'd be interested to hear people's views.
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

It looks much more pleasing to the eye. The darker rock on the lower left hand corner, of the original composition, was the darkest part of the picture. This drew my eye away from the more interesting shaped rocks closer to the center. Also, the grey of the mountain on the left was too close to the color and value of the rocks, so everything sort of blended together towards the left horizon.


The best thing about the new composition is that the rock pointing to the sky is drawn closer to the center. Very cool.
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Feel free to shoot this down (it's my first post in about nine months) but I can't help feeling that my eye is baing dragged way off the focal point (the flat rock at the bottom) by the arrow-like rock just above...?

Just a thought...
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Just to put my vote in. I don't like the crop near as well. The original picture was much more interesting to me. I would stick with the way you had it.

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Old 07-16-2005, 02:45 PM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Thank you for all your comments . I'm in a quandary - to crop or not to crop, that is the question !
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Why do you have to make a decision now?

One of the things I found that helped me enormously in making judgements about my work was developing an ability either to leave a work in sight for study purposes only (ie not allowed to touch) - or to put it away and then get it out again later so that the image appears fresh. Much better decisions have been made as a result.

So many times it's possible to ruin things through being impulsive and/or wanting to 'get things finished' because we're not used to working and then waiting ie leaving something to sit and marinade.
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Old 08-03-2005, 12:17 PM
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Re: Ice Age Relics, England

Thank you for your advice - as you mention I've found it useful to prop a picture in progress against the wall and leave it for a few days. After casual glances, you slowly realise what can be improved.

Your paintings of Venice look good - it's a marvellous atmospheric place, I've been there a few times. I'm just doing a painting of a Venetian crossing a bridge in the pouring rain.

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