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Rumination on Cat/Wombat

Instead of doing a major brain-buster of a long post about everything, I'm blogging on and off doing shorter posts and trying to stay on topic. For a pain day this is going well.

I've been thinking about what I'm doing on Cat/Wombat and the class I've been taking on Still Life the Colourful Way.

Lauren, is true color really important on the animals, or would you enjoy a treatment more like the pear painting I just posted? I could brighten them up quite a bit with some bright orange and do the same with the ground in front of the wombat. Then mute by adding other bright colors to create optical muting the way I did the wood in the Pears painting. I have a warm brown base, but jazzing them up may make them come forward and seem a little brighter and more important.

I am learning so much in the class that my earlier work seems crude by comparison. Please let me know what you think of this approach. The background is already blocked in with warm or cold bright colors the way the class work's done, it's the animals I'm thinking of. I won't be changing the cat's eyes either way.

If I don't go with the bright-prismatic look, then I need to mute the greens way down in order to make the animals come forward. The flowers can still be brights and look natural but the greens and background are way too bright by themselves without a lot of work.

I made this an open post instead of a note because critique from other readers on which way to go will also be helpful. I love the cat's eyes, the basic shapes of everything and the composition. It's more of a color decision that'll affect Stage 3 (establishing roundness and color in detail) and Stage 4 (fine details) than where it is now, with Stage 1 done and a bit of Stage 2 on the class process.

If the "brights" approach works, then I'll lift as much as I can of the brown and put in bright orange to work up from. Not much more work either way.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 21st, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I thought the pear picture was absolutely stunning, so if you want to do it that way I have no problem with it!
Nov. 22nd, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! That pear picture was part of why I posted this ... it was a rounded subject and came out stunning and some of the muted areas do look browner or grayer after all the brights are mixed. Same with the others. I think I can get beautiful textures doing it that way and getting the values just right.
Nov. 22nd, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm always in favor of more bright colors!
Nov. 22nd, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Purr thanks!
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