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Old 03-06-2012, 06:48 PM
shirleya shirleya is offline
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Aubie and Bella


Title: Aubie and Bella
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Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16 x 20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

I have never posted here- would love to have this critiqued.

1. Composition- would a different background have been more effective or would it take away from the portrait?
2. Any comments would be appreciated to help me improve.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:18 PM
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Re: Aubie and Bella

Were you told that a different background might be better suited or is this something you are feeling after having lived with it a bit?
Colours viewed on monitors can be different from the actual painting: have you painted the background integrating the colour of the dogs? Pic is small-I think I see yellows, and greens rather than just a dark background.

You've painted a wonderful variety of colours in their fur, with subtle blending and gradations. Dogs look as though they might be quite the characters; expressive faces.

A complementary background could be an option. The dogs have warm colours so a cooler background could help them pop forward some. Here's but one option

Not familar with these dogs; would increased texture in fur be inappropriate?
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