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Old 12-02-2007, 07:50 PM
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I wonder what you all think about where this painting should go. I would like to have some "texture" in the background. I've played around a LITTLE bit with the spray bottle and with drops of paint/water. I'll do more on that. The photo I'm working from is of my son walking across a creek on a fallen tree. The Rocky Mountains are in the background of the photo, but I was going to leave them out of the painting. Does this make sense?
Also, any ideas about how to complete the background OR the figure so as to make it interesting but keep focus on the figure would be welcome. Suggestions as to colors and composition are welcome also! As always, ALL suggestions and your time and generosity are appreciated.

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Old 12-02-2007, 07:56 PM
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Re: I need HELP again!!

I like the lightness in detail and color that you have created so far. I would not do a lot more to the background and focus your strength in color and detail on your son which is your COI. Just a suggestion. This is looking great, looking forward to seeing more.
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Keep the back light and blued and the foreground bright but subtle enough that your son is the COI Give him a red shirt or red shorts or orange....

Don't forget to put in some sky..


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I wouldn't touch that background (actually I would because I have little restraint, but that's another matter). I like the suggestiveness of it as it is.
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Mike,
I like where you are going with this. I think you could just paint a nice sky back there (you could make it one of those orangey early morning skies for color since the water is in the blue family).

Make your son the strongest tones in the painting and he will naturally be the COI because of placement and the fact that he is a living being (these always draw the eye in any painting ).

Looking forward to seeing this develop. Isn't it nice that you have a live-in model for your paintings.

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Re: I need HELP again!!

A simple sky would accentuate the boy:



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I think that you should leave the whole background alone UNTIL you get your son painted. Then you will know what you need. Nice start.
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Re: I need HELP again!!

Thanks everyone. JJ, he's actually wearing an orange shirt in the photo - so that should be easy! - though an orangy sky sounded neat, too. Thanks for that pic, Doug - it makes sense.
I really like the "gesture" here, the way the feet and arms are keeping him balanced. I just hope I can end up with a PAINTING instead of just a drawing with some colors thrown in...
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Try dropping the colours into the painting wet in wet and letting them mingle instead of mixing the colours on the palette. That is one good way of making a painting and not a paint by numbers if you know what i mean.....

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Re: I need HELP again!!

This is such a wonderful picture of your son! If he's wearing an orange shirt, that will look awesome against the blue sky...and help to make him the center of interest...then maybe put a little of the orange lightly on his feet and legs...as shading...to stand out against the blue of the water. Just a thought...it works in my head!
This is going to be really really nice!!
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Re: I need HELP again!!

Well, it looks pretty orangy. His hair will be darker. I actually think I'd like the feet to be the focus... I think his head's too close to the top. I'll need to tone down the reds in the shadows, or add other color to the skin.
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Oh yes, I agree...his feet should definitely be the focus...I like that idea!
So...what do they say about creating a focal point...darkest dark and lightest light...or color contrast...less detail in other parts...hhhmmm...
I think you might consider lightening those dark spots you have in the background....cause that's where my goes right away...and I want to watch his feet as he crosses that log!
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Looking good.

Does your camera have a white balance feature on it? If so you can use it to get rid off that coloured cast to the picture. You can also "fix" it in your photo editing program.

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Re: I need HELP again!!

I've done some more. I don't like how the arm gets lost in the shirt & I don't like the water. The hair may need a touch up. Any suggestions for making this come alive a little?
Thanks again.

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Mike,
You can either make the shirt a shade or two darker around the arm or make the skin tones of his arm and legs be the darker elements. Even though you want the top of his arm and the front of his legs to be light because the sun is hitting his body from that direction, the backs could definitely be a deeper tone of whatever color you are using for the flesh just as the back of his shorts and shirt are deeper in tone than the fronts.

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