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Old 07-30-2000, 03:24 PM
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I have this very pleasing photograph that I would like to do a watercolor from. I have a feeling that this photo is lacking in composition. Any Ideas??? thanks, Sandy
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Old 07-30-2000, 09:18 PM
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Hey Sandy! (Mal)

I'm curious what you think first off the "ah-hah!" is??? You have probably read me using that term before.

Now..we don't always know what it is, but sense something is saying "paint me!" and half the fun paintin' plein air is to discover it quickly and form the painting around that "thing" the "ah-Hah!" I call it "ah-Hah!" because that is my reaction when I put my finger on it.

Now...after the experience of painting many pictures, one learns to see a scene and know before even startin' out what the "ah-Hah" is going to be.

So..let's try and first figure out what it is that grabs you. Partly the color? The horizontal'ness of the scene? Horizontals often create a feeling of tranquility.

Personally...I think it is SO horizontal it borders on the threat of boredom! Compositionally...I think I would use artistic license and pretend those trees in the near foreground were closer and taller...to create definite vertical lines.

So...where's your emotional heart? What really grabs you(?), and then the picture can be built around that.

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Old 07-30-2000, 09:35 PM
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Hey Larry! I was hoping you would respond. I guess my first ah ha was the blue/violet sky and water and the almost red/violet look to the the bare tree limbs in the foreground.

Examining my previous watercolors I see a tendency to paint exaggerated colors. As much as the colorful scenes lighten my heart and mood I am inclined to keep on in this direction.

Can color carry a composition? I need to paint this first then come back and ask that question. I may even know the answer by then.

Thank you for your time and knowledge. Sandy
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Old 07-30-2000, 09:57 PM
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Hi Mal. Is this one of the pictures from your husbands road trip? lol!

- Move the tree on the right into the picture so you don't have 1/2 of a tree.
- Make some of the trees taller.
- Use darker colors around the outside edges of the painting so you're beautiful sky colors are framed. Sort of an arc of darker blue at the top blending into lighter, brighter blue and pink or violet tones.
- Maybe add one cloud? or a bird? or a boat? into that lighter area.

Just a few things to think about. I'm sure there are lots of other possibilities. Phyl
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I agree, taller trees and possibly some large rocks in the foreground,

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