Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Painter's Doubts:
In June, I wrote to friends to ask for a second opinion...
"I'm stuck w/ this one. Take a critical look. There are many fresh passages, but I feel there are parts unfinished. Tell me what you think to compare what is on my mind.
I've not adjusted the tone to match original; It's a gray value darker than appearing here on my screen, but the colour match is good. You can see the difference when downloaded and view image thru Photoshop vs the browser."

Below are two states of the same painting

06/6 ~ Wisteria | 12" x 16" | watercolour


Blogger Clive said...

Love both versions! Perhaps the second a bit better. Great to finally see your blog and look forward to seeing more posts.

10/31/2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger A Thing of Beauty said...

Clive is correct.
The second is better
because the darker greens on the lower
left side add a needed depth of field.

At this risk of sounding overly critical
when in fact I admire your work, I would like to offer constructive, loving criticism.

I think this painting is possibly too pretty. I would like an element of surprise. The hint of a shoulder. A butterfly about to land. A sock tossed in the air. I do not know what it is but I would love to see something that leaves me hanging in anticipation.

11/03/2006 4:36 PM  
Blogger peter said...

Thank you for the comments. You are speaking about engaging the viewer. Beauty has attracted you and as you look further, you seek another level of engagement. I'll look for this kind of opportunity in future paintings; In my experience, multi-level engagement is easier to achieve in my design work. peter

12/19/2006 7:28 AM  

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