Sunday, May 20, 2012

A New Direction (or "choose your favorite crop")

                                                                                                         acrylic, 16x20"

Here is my first try since I decided to paint people.  I am, incidentally, also wanting to paint larger.  The former requires me to paint from photographs at this time, the latter allows me to swing my arm instead of just moving my wrist (and sometimes just my finger joints).  I imagine I will paint more still lifes, also, but for now, figurative work is calling me.  

In order to paint larger, I painted on paper, which causes some challenges with the paint.  I don't have any large boards to paint on right now, so I'll continue to use the paper till used up.

I know it's not the greatest painting, but I decided to show it, because it's the start of a new season in my art.  I was just telling a friend today that I wished I had blogged my entire art journey, starting six years ago or so.  I thought of that conversation and decided there would be value in showing this painting.

Ok, so I recognize the painting is sloppy, which I don't really mind, but the bench should probably be touched up so that parts of the background trees don't overlap the bench!  Also, the glow coming from the red of the left lower bench leg and that other red in the lower left of the painting doesn't look so glowing in the original, so must be an artifact of the photograph.  If I had it to do over again (which I may), I would not have toned this paper with red first.  I was fighting the red the whole time.  I don't know what else the painting needs.  I don't know if I am finished, actually.

I've been messing around with some crops.  Please let me know which you think is the best option.  The one at the top of this post is Option A (the original as painted).  Here are your other options:

                                          Option B - Raises the bottom

                                           Option C - Moves the right side closer to her

                                         Option D - Moves the bottom up and right closer in

                                         Option E squares it up (sort of)

Thank you for your participation in Crop-a-Rama.  I will also bring the original to paint class this week and see what Lorelle thinks. 


ME said...

My vote is for B and I have no reason. Big help I am !! I'm sure your teacher will help more. BTW I like the picture and hope you enjoy your new path.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks for voting! I do look forward to seeing what Lorelle says, too. I'm glad you like the painting and hope Lorelle will also help me figure out how to change it. I feel it "needs something." Not sure what...

Anonymous said...

LOVE this!! I love the colors and the image. I've always been partial to pics of people from behind...weird, I know. But I really love this! No vote on the crop, just on the talent! :)

Meredith Adler said...

Thank you very much, Anonymous. Are you going to remain anonymous? Are you one of my sisters? Thanks for the compliments. I think the painting needs improvement, but I'm glad you like it, even not knowing who you are.

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