Tammy, your pears do look good and so do the folds in the background. The trick with it is making the foreground cloth lay flat and come forward. If you use very light colors and shift the hues on the ďwhiteĒ cloth warmer in front, cooler in back, that helps. It can be very subtle but it does the trick. Charlie taught me that in http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=527268
Still Life the Colourful Way.
Doug, your pears are totally different. Very bright and lively, enjoy seeing your Pans painting. The textureís so cool. Love the depth and rounded shapes they have.
Ruthie, wow! I love your dancerís legs and the light. You got her hand on her hip spot on too, both hands. Thatís tough! Her face changed a little but she looks good.
Jim, awesome layered transparencies in your bottles. I really love the spire on top of the tall one and the bases of the goblets. You got the feel of glass well.
Judibelle, fun pears! Your folds arenít too distracting, the pears are the main event. They push to background by hue and texture, the pears look more worked and their color makes them jump out as the main attraction.
BP, I see some major improvements in your waterside scene. Love the texture of the water, it lays flat and itís so much softer than the land areas. The light is blazing in this one. I donít see all your changes but they helped, itís looking even more lyrical and draws me right in.
My one suggestion now is that the tree on the far left still looks very symmetrical. Break the symmetry by creating a gap on one side or pull out a protrusion or two. Other than that itís splendid, the changes really helped.
I love the way you handled the sandy banks. That may be part of your changes, it really works now. Dappled shadow and sun on it with its softer reflections is wonderful.
Ruthie, I commented on your pears in the Mystery Palette thread. So this is my second look at them. Wow. The texture of the background is something that really sets them off. The left pear is definitely more of a focal area and now I can see that you softened the right pear to draw my eye in that direction. Itís beautiful. So much richness with so few colors! Well done!
Doug, wow! You totally changed the feeling of the landscape. Yours is almost somber but rich with color and very dramatic. I like how you clumped the trees closer together. I like the masses of color and value and the way the colors dance within them. This is a slightly less realist painting but itís gorgeous. Thereís something dramatic and compelling about the way you made it work, and it gives good recession too.
I like your crop, the reflections are not the main element in this painting. Oddly enough I feel as if the sunlit field is, the trees are guiding me into it to enjoy some last warmth at the end of the day. Cool crazy super-brights underpainting!
David! Your rocks are so dramatic. I love that eerie spire. It looks wild and glows with light. The foliage is excellent too, I like the clouds as backdrop - my eye keeps coming back to that focal area, the well defined rocky protrusions in the foreground spire. Gorgeous! You have a dreamy quality in this one, almost surreal mingled with impressionism.
Great glass bottles, Barriespapa! I love how you captured the roundness of the bottles and the clarity of the glass. Cool shadows too. Well done!
Tammy, I like the way you reworked the cloth on your pears. That really works now. Your desert scene came out great, love how you did the red spire and the distant rocks. Thereís a dizzying slant to the ground that helps make the spire look even rougher.
Cristiona, your pears look great. I like the way you varied their shape so well and the softness of your folds and shadows. Great color blending and mixing, itís softened but not overblended. Good highlights.
Chuas, I love your wild take on the pears! So cool with the gold joss paper and the lettering - that just made me smile. It looks true and itís also got that crazy whimsy. I like the way it looks like theyíre sitting on a sheet of rough paper or cloth that ends, putting the edge of the cloth theyíre on into the painting is a fine point that helps the whole. Now thatís creative!
Now that I'm all caught up and done writing my 3 Day Novel, I may follow Ruthie's example and use one of these references for either my Mystery Box painting or Mystery Palette painting. This is just so much fun - and Doug, you gave such a good vairety of references that I'm sure I can find something that'll work with either of those palettes.