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Old 09-12-2007, 05:48 PM
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The Trombone Player

This is a portrait of a person that I met at an orchestra rehearsal that I thought would make a wonderful subject for a painting. My intent was to show is intent and concentration while playing. I took a photo of him while he was playing. I then boiled down my selection to just what you see here. Does it work?
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You sure caught that look of intense concentration. I love the contrasts, play of light across his hair, on the knuckles of his hand and the trombone. Well done IMHO!
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Re: The Trombone Player

Terrific painting. Excellent crop.
My only crit is the inside of the trombone. It doesn't look to be as well modeled for a concave surface and could use a little more attention.
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Re: The Trombone Player

It's very good.
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Good job! I especially like the golden color of the trombone and its reflectionin his hair.
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Terrific painting. Excellent crop.
My only crit is the inside of the trombone. It doesn't look to be as well modeled for a concave surface and could use a little more attention.

I'm with Carol.
I have a feeling you're going for maybe the dinged up look that bells of brass instruments that have years of love in them tend to get. But I think the top half could be fudged around with for a better concavity (if thats a word?)

Also, wonder if the bell itself is right for the arm leading into it? It seems either the circle itself isn't quite the right elipse or the arm leading in is curved?

I'm liking the shirt a lot and really liking the way you've given the trombone a loving used look. And the hands are just flat out impressive to me.
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Re: The Trombone Player

I like the painting. You have capture the feel of a well loved trombone and the musician is also very well done. The only critique would be the geometry of the horn. I probably wouldn't notice it too much if I haven't been playing trombone for over 30 years. The lower slide tube should line up with the tube that passes the closest to his neck. The bell is also small. The bell of a horn with the trigger as you have depicted are typically between 8 to 10 inches. This is a fine painting of a challenging subject. Just my opinion, but I think its good enough to have the extra work done to it.
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Nice job, I like the expression
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Re: The Trombone Player

I'm not a musician nor a trombone player so the geometry and layout of the instrument was my best interpretation from a small photo. I do thank your for the education and I'll put my photo under a magnifier and see what I can do with the trombone. And, yes, this was an old battered instrument that, I'm sure, had seen many years of service. I tried to capture that effect.

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Re: The Trombone Player

Wonderful painting. Love especially the hands and the look of the trombone.
The whole picture is great.
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Re: The Trombone Player

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I'm not a musician nor a trombone player so...
I trust I didn't convey the wrong message. I love the painting!

I can easily see this hanging in a music studio. Taking the extra time will take this from a good painting to one a musician would be more willing to part with the cash the painting deserves.

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And, yes, this was an old battered instrument that, I'm sure, had seen many years of service. I tried to capture that effect.
You did that very well I'm not sure what is harder, a shiny new horn or an old one that has seen many years of service. In either case, painting a horn presents some real challenges. My own attempts have been...well, less than impressive
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This is a wonderful painting. I love it. Jan
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I want to thank you all for all of your wonderful critiques and comments. They just make me want to keep painting.
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Works for me! As Carol said, I love the crop. What a challenging subject you took on!

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