Monday, August 24, 2009

Painting 24 - Does It Pop Yet?

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of graphic designers like the phrases "Jazz it up" or "Make it pop" (except maybe a client insisting on text being in comic sans...). Yet as I struggle with this painting, "pop" is exactly how I would describe what I'm trying to accomplish. I should be moving on to Painting 25 but for some reason I can't let this one alone. I guess the vision I have in my head seems so attainable this time. The background is getting better; I can't see my brush strokes anymore. I think possibly the color is getting richer as it gets darker. The egret may even be starting to glow a little. I'd like to add some leaves fading into the background. The big question is how much more abuse can the paper take? I am tempted to start over. The painting is only 6" x 4", so it wouldn't be a huge undertaking to start with fresh white paper again. Then maybe I could attain that elusive "pop" I'm looking for.

However, this will all have to wait to be resolved until tomorrow. I've been up since 4:30 am (not by choice) and I am tired. Meanwhile, Madeleine is letting us know in no uncertain terms that she is going to starve to death in a matter of seconds if she is not fed RIGHT NOW, even though she ate about 4 hours ago. So anyone who is still with me at this point, I bid you bonne nuit.


Laure Ferlita said...

Lovely! It is looking much stronger, and yes, your bird not only pops, but I see a glow! One last thing I would do - soften the bottom edge of the bird and the leaves. Maybe pull a little green color (for reflection) over on to the bird so that it looks like it is melded into the background rather than pasted on!

You're there. Move on. Next.

Dianne Poinski said...

Beautiful! The darker background made all the difference. In photography when "pop" is missing we usually adjust the contrast - which is what you did here.

Hope you are feeling more rested!

Krista Meister said...

I agree with what Laure and Dianne said! Beautiful!

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