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Old 06-30-2006, 03:11 PM
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This is based on the poppy sketches I'd done plein air and abstracted from them. I want to do a series of large canvasses based on flowers close up - Georgia O'Keefe close but in my own way.

It's done in watercolour with CP as well.

The composition proved a problem - I should have thought a bit more before sploshing about with the colours! I've done the best I can with the problems I'd created for myself.

Crit, feedback etc welcome

I'm not bothered about 'pure' watercolour and usually introduce other media to get the image I want, so hope this doesn't upset this forum?

you can see the plein air flower sketches and other work in the series here http://sitekreator.com/viviensketches/flowers.html
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Old 06-30-2006, 03:20 PM
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Re: poppies semi abstract

This is interesting, bright and colourful! Great website by the way.

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(And I'm not upset by the addition of other mediums to watercolour. Most people don't mind as long as it's mentioned what you've used. :-))
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Re: poppies semi abstract

Hi Vivien - I took a look at your website and was amazed at the range of medium and styles you do - I really like the work you are doing. I noticed that you often work in a square format - can you explain what draws you to this format and what affect it has on composing a piece? The composition seems to be almost a cruciform shape but maybe a bit too centred for that. Great contrasting colours and values - it's really alive. Thanks for showing your work.
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I really like the colors you've selected!
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I love it!!!! What other mediums do you use sometimes with your watercolors? Just wondering. This looks wonderful....almost pure pigment looking!

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Re: poppies semi abstract

Very nice! You have definitely made this style your own - not a GK knock-off at all! Loved looking at your website too. Thank you!
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Vivien this is amazing work. those blends are die for! and thin lines in them make it very interesting piece. Color combination is very good as well
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I like this...colors...composition....everything
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Very nice you've done a terrific job on it

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Re: poppies semi abstract

Thank you Patty, David, Aquila, Celeste, Kake, Llalena, Spiral and Lorraine

Celeste you asked what other mediums I use with watercolour - mmmm, sometimes pastel pencils for subtleish changes but with some more dramatic use of pastel line, sometimes pastels (Unison, love them best) and sometimes oil pastel (always Sennelier, they are streets ahead of any other brand for this), used first as a resist. I can't think of anything else off the top of my head but all those regularly.

David it's difficult to explain why I like the square format! I always have. I don't particularly like the standard paper proportions and tend to work with squares, long thin formats or just off square's - sadly this usually means custom framing for paper based media. Even with squares as I like a 3inch mount at the top and sides with 3.5 inches at the bottom - to stop that 'falling out of the frame' look that equal sides can have.

This one is a cruciform compostion which is what I'm a bit unsure of.

I like the different dynamics of a square, or a long thin canvas. I like the look of a group of squares hung together. It's just a very personal thing I find the golden mean as a composition is a bit fixed, unmoving and prefer the way Degas creates his compositions - anyone wanting to study contemporary compositions should start with him, he was very very innovative.

I choose the format to suit the image but the square often suits my images.

With the seascapes a square works especially well because they are about lateral strands of colour and so a wide format would create a very different feel - more tranquil but more boring (IMO) and a portrait format enhances the distance, especially the long thin format.

Thin lines are often made by scratching through the wet paint with the end of the paintbrush - it damages the paper a little and creates a darker thin line, I find that really useful.
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Re: poppies semi abstract

Very lovely colors and textures... The blues/purples and greens work so nicely with all the reds.

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Re: poppies semi abstract

Vivien - thanks for your thoughtful reply regarding my query on the square format. I will be sure to study more Degas work further, which I've been meaning to do since I also paint in soft pastel and he is the master.
I'm not sure how to approach composition in a square but I do have a painting idea that's been in my mind for a while which would suit the square format so I must give it a try.
I admire your work and will be sure to keep visiting your website.
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Re: poppies semi abstract

This is so beautiful Vivien! I also checked out your website and your use of color, shape and composition is very unique and wonderful. Very inspiring!
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Re: poppies semi abstract

thank you all - David your work is beautiful. You'll have no problem getting to grips with squares with the quality of work you do!
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