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Old 11-07-2005, 07:52 PM
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Design help please

Hi,
first time posting on this forum....iv'e been trying a couple of designs with a view to painting with acrylics...on a 36''x36'' canvas..i want a modern feel and i'm a bit lost...i want to section the surface as you can see but don't know if it would be pleasing to the viewer the way i have it...the colours are not nessessary the ones i'll be using...and i haven't made up my mind yet if it will be realistic or not either....(don't want much do i)..lol....anyway thanks for looking.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:00 AM
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Re: Design help please

In the left image, there are two things to look and it creates a flip/flop effect - the two different horizons is sort of confusing.
The right image is better - here I think it would be better if one of the two smaller squares had a different width. Remember the rule - "make no two intervals the same". As a suggestion I would try to make the light blue 3/5 of its current width (as an example - then the line from the frame's left side to the left flower would not be split in the middle).

I hope that helps.
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Old 11-08-2005, 08:25 AM
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Re: Design help please

Thankyou Henrik..........i see what you mean....about the spacing.....i'll try that out later.....this is another....version...can you tell me where i'm going wrong here please?
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Old 11-08-2005, 11:27 AM
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Re: Design help please

I think you can easily pick out "intervals that are similar" - try to make no two intervals the same.

In this composition you also have things "kissing" - make crossovers more clear unless you are deliberately running one shape into another.
You have created a small cutout that attracts attention - the left flower has a small piece of the blue background cut out.
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Re: Design help please

I'd be inclined to put two of the flowers closer together than the third one. Perhaps that's what henrik is saying. Having them all lined up in a straight diagonal, with the same distance between, gives it a little bit of a regimented feel, which is in contrast to the beautiful floral images. Of course you could always decide that that's the idea you want to express ... that dichotomy.

I LOVE your flowers!!! They're totally luscious! Once you settle on a composition, I look forward to seeing the finished piece!

By the way, I admire your blocking out several compositions before you paint. I am often guilty of going straight to canvas or paper before quite figuring out what I'm doing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:26 AM
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Re: Design help please

Thankyou for commenting Karen......i'm trying to learn to paint and learn composition....i have done a ''36x36'' once before for my daughter and as it was quite a big job for me (and she likes it) i was wanting to put more thought into the next biggy.
Henric.........thanks so much for the idea...it's amazing that a little change can make all the difference i think i'll go with that...and plunge right in...i don't think you or Karen would aprove of the one i did before as the flowers were all standing to attention....lol.
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