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Title: Still Life Families
Post by: jrhall036 on July 05, 2013, 01:15:30 PM
My husband finished my shadow box yesterday, and I'm working with various compositions for still lives based on members of my family.  The first one here is my grandmother on my mother's side. I do have some diffused lighting coming from a hole in the top of the box, which I've blocked out at a diagonal to reflect the same diagonal lines in the composition.  By doing so, I've created some problems with the lighting inside the box, which seems to be competing with the overhead lighting. I thought that I could adjust lighting inside by varying the number of candles lit on the inside, but the composition changes every time I do so. Could I please have your thoughts on which of the compositions would make a better painting? 

1. Full Composition, Horizontal, 2 Candles


2. Full Composition, Horizontal, No Candles


3. Full Composition, Vertical, 2 Candles


4. Part Composition, Horizontal, 1 Candle


5. Part Composition, Vertical, 1 Candle


6. Part Composition, Vertical, No Candles


Any comments are greatly appreciated.   :flowers:

Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: Val on July 06, 2013, 05:58:57 AM
I prefer the full horizontal. They're all quite good though......  :whistle:
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: Germa on July 07, 2013, 02:44:16 AM
Great compositions, but I like the first one best.  :clap:

And when it comes to painting, I think I wouldn't have the courage to start with it, so many very detailed things on it, I'm to lazy for that, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: doina on July 07, 2013, 03:48:33 AM
If I could do it, my prefference will be No.1  :gl: Doina
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: jrhall036 on July 07, 2013, 05:04:34 AM
 :thankyou: to all of you for your thoughts!  It seems to be unanimous:  No. 1 it is!  :yippee: (It was my favorite, too!  :) )  I think I'm going to do this one in acrylics, so I am really looking forward to Dennis's next lessons.  O0

I think it will be very difficult to do, too, Germa,  :sweat: but I'll just take my time and finish it bit by bit. As I learn more, I'll finish more. No hurry, no worry!  :)
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: Germa on July 07, 2013, 05:07:23 AM
Have you seen Nolan's free class, doing oil paints in acrylics?
I think it will help too, doing this one in acrylics.
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: jennylynn on July 07, 2013, 10:00:07 AM
my vote no 1 for me also, I know it's a bit late maybe lol
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: Happychappy on July 08, 2013, 04:06:18 AM
Jani, I could not put my vote in as I could not access the photos ... not even from your profile page.  Sorry but it would seem that number 1 was unanimous favourite in the voting and I will wait to see the final painting which I am looking forward to.


Patricia
Title: Re: Still Life Families
Post by: jrhall036 on July 08, 2013, 07:01:11 AM
 :thankyou: Jennylynn and Patricia!  I appreciate your comments, no matter if I've already selected the composition. It's just awesome to know that I have your support, truly!  :flowers:

Patricia, I am sorry that you can't see the pictures. Strangely, on the day I uploaded them, I had to uploaded them twice in two different browsers to get them to show up. I've never had that happen before. I wonder if my camera's bluetooth program causes havoc sometimes with certain internet programs.  :confused:  I do know that if you're using Google Chrome as your internet browser, several reference pictures won't show up for viewing, too. Kinda frustrating, isn't it?   :)