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Old 07-17-2017, 11:14 AM
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This a small (11'x14") acrylic I painted in 2014. I have recently decided to do a larger version of it and am considering doing it on a 5'x4' canvas I recently purchased at a yard sale. I have never done anything that large and I would like to hear your comments and critiques on the piece for a fresh perspective before I commit it to the larger format.

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Old 07-17-2017, 01:35 PM
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Re: Group Hug

Stand this piece up in a medium to large room.

walk away from it
(do not back away)
stop
turn around
what stands out as good? or weak?

when working on a large painting I find it helps to frequently stop and walk away, and I do that even when working on smaller paintings

I 'see' no COI, the dark blocks are too close in value to other blocks of color, and it imbalances the effect, IMHO. The composition is great, interesting.

keep us posted on your progress!

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Re: Group Hug

I think the composition will scale up very well.

A 4x8 ft piece of sheet rock, or wallboad, whatever they call it in your neck of the woods would make it pretty cheap and easy to throw a quick sketch on to get the general effect of that design at about that scale. I use housepaint or whatever.FWIW

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Old 07-17-2017, 11:28 PM
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Re: Group Hug

My first impression was very positive and remained. The shapes read as interesting, naturally clustered, but with some tension in their arrangement. I like the balance of value and saturation too. The one spot that seems a little bit off is the white background shape on the right, which may be a bit vertically symmetrical, but this is a tiny nit picked in a piece I liked immediately.

Have fun translating it into a larger, even more effective piece!
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I like it too, and agree w/ others' remarks and tips.
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This is amazing Jim! I saw a group hug and I like your color choice. A large painting would look great!
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Re: Group Hug

Thanks to each of you for your thoughts and comments. This piece has always gotten mixed reactions. It seems the viewer either gets it or not...but to some degree, that's true of any painting, but especially so with abstracts. I showed the piece to one fellow artist and curator and he said it looked like a "bunch of rocks", another immediately smiled and thought it was "wonderfully clever".

I'm moving forward with the project and will post more soon.
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Wow, that certainly is a group hug. Excellent!
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Large canvasses are a passion and my instincts tell me this is going to scale up beautifully. Sometimes they can look scary bad when laying out the initial design, but don't worry, it will all come together. You may want to add a little more shading/variation to the large color blocks, just to keep them from looking too flat or lifeless.
Looking forward to watching this unfold.
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Re: Group Hug

I love this a lot Jim. The one area that I question - slightly - is the pale area on my right. To me is is borderline, larger in proportion. Its a judgement call.

Personally I have a miserable time taking a good work and making it better - or even as good so though I want to do it and will try but usually end up with a new work that is either similar but I can quite love as much or when I feel it going sideways make it its own unique self - let the chips fall where they may.
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