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Danielle123

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on: January 30, 2015, 10:04:40 AM
 :help:    here is a photo of my husband that I want to paint in WC,  I would like to know if I should leave it as is or should I add a cloud on the left end side and an Island or far away mountain, and maybe birds.   Please help.   :thankyou:
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Reply #1 on: January 30, 2015, 10:20:50 AM
I would just add some clouds in the sky to break the massive blue! I would also do two different blues: one for sky: like a cobalt blue and the other: a "sea/ocean" greenish blue. Hope someone will come with more ideas!
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Reply #2 on: January 30, 2015, 10:26:09 AM
It's going to be great.  I'm with Doina....different colors of blue to differentiate sea/sky, and possible just a small  or hazy cloud to break the picture.  What a nice picture it will be.  He will be pleased.
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Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 11:11:51 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  can't wait to see what you come up with Danielle.  :)
"Never stop Dreaming" 
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Reply #4 on: January 30, 2015, 11:57:53 AM
Do some notans with your ideas.  ;)
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Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 12:03:04 PM
Great idea about the sky colours I forgot, so clouds are in.   :thankyou: Doina
 :thankyou: Retta, and Robin,  sky and sea variation in colour
 :thankyou: Natalie good idea about the notans.
Danielle
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Reply #6 on: January 30, 2015, 12:16:44 PM
How about zooming in on him and leaving the boat small to balance out the composition instead of it just being him slap in the middle of the canvas?
When you look at the photograph as a painting what is the subject of the painting? Is your eye drawn to the subject?
Can things be moved to make a better composition?
Is anything drawing your eye out of the picture or distracting you from the subject?
How will you add depth to the painting (atmospheric perspective)
What could you add to balance the painting (Your clouds etc)
Then make several small sketches using just shapes not details and put them out where you can see them at a glance. Take a day or two to look at the sketches. Make changes if you feel like it or make different ones.
Would some waves make the water more interesting? Would a palm tree framing the painting make a good addition.
Lots of stuff to think about huh??
I love creating the "Bones" of a painting, by the time I break out the canvas and paint I'm really fired up about it.
Hope this helps.
Brian
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Danielle123

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Reply #7 on: January 30, 2015, 12:50:39 PM
Here is the notan I made before you answered Brian,  I get to anxious and end up no doing any painting,just gets to me.

I will try more notans  :thankyou:  Brian for your advice, and all of you. 

  In the notan the water is greener than the photo, darken the sand, darken the top of the sky and added the clouds.  Added some some birds (not sure I want them).  Change the colour of the sail boat (might make it smaller as Brian suggestion).
 
Danielle
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Reply #8 on: January 30, 2015, 01:01:17 PM
Here is my input from Art Composition 101 (i.e. for my exercise, and very unlikely for your benefit):

- I noticed that the sand/water and the sea/sky lines are snack on the two horizontal 1/3 lines.

- What if the boat was moved a bit to the top left vertical 1/3 and your husband along the right vertical 1/3 line

- something in the sky, cloud (?), birds, mongolfier to add colours, children sand castle on the beach,

His face is dark with the cap...

So that would make for a good composition for a beginner, correct?  I also understand that advanced artist use their artistic license to brake those rules and make it even better!

Good luck!  I know it will be better then the photo...
Cheers, Annie
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”    ― Plato


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Reply #9 on: January 30, 2015, 01:06:02 PM
Sorry, crossed wire with you and Brian.  How do you do a 'notan' (I first read a 'nolan'  :2funny: :2funny:), is it with a software or do you paint over a print?
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #10 on: January 30, 2015, 01:41:04 PM
Annie,  notans are little sketches that give you an idea of what the picture will look like and it help you with the balance. 

 :thankyou: Annie For your input, I will make some more notans, also with your suggestion. 

Here just made a few, no sand castle, or kids.  You are being very ambitious for me  :thankyou:  :2funny: :2funny:

PB friends. Let me know what appeals more to the eye. 
« Last Edit: January 30, 2015, 02:44:21 PM by Danielle123 »
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Reply #11 on: January 30, 2015, 02:46:02 PM
I like number 1
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Reply #12 on: January 30, 2015, 02:50:29 PM
Robin, i was changing the photo revised when you wrote #1   So i do not know if you mean the pencil notan.
Danielle
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Reply #13 on: January 30, 2015, 02:53:33 PM
Yes the sketched version.  I like the composition
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Reply #14 on: January 30, 2015, 03:09:27 PM
I like the way the top right one of the 6 pencil sketches looks.
The slant of the waterline pulls your eye into the picture and the subject is a good shape so it retains your attention. Then the eye goes out to the sailboat and back to the subject.
It keeps your interest in the painting rather than letting your mind wander off elsewhere.
Brian
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