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Alexandra
07-22-2011, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the constructive crit DAkey. The first one here is the latest that I pushed myself more to detail. All with the wonderful software of ArtRage3.5.
I really enjoyed adding details, glazing, knife, and airbrush to add color, depth, and richness to the plum.



First comment for first painting:
I don't know what to say. Fell into Peter's rabbit hole again. I started painting flower pot, but it evolved into a cherry, then into a plum. I liked the colors and design even though a little strange, it reminded me of what my grandpa used to say...."Oh that is just plum pretty." I don't hear these sayings anymore except on retro television programs such as Andy Griffith.
I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for checking it out.

MIDO00O
07-22-2011, 08:03 AM
very nice....

mannafig
07-22-2011, 08:19 AM
beautiful dear Sandy:):)

gigicharm
07-22-2011, 08:32 AM
Love this Sandy....colors are perfect!

Blessings,
GigiCharm:D

L Skylar Brown
07-22-2011, 08:47 AM
Oddly Beautiful. What I mean is the Oddness of it is also beautiful. When I looked at it, it seemed as though I was below a waterline, viewing it just below the surface

D Akey
07-22-2011, 08:54 AM
It's like two different paintings. Above the plum at about half way and below. The stuff on the top kicks the lower half's butt plum from here to Albuquerque. That upper half is drop dead gorgeous.

Now, the plum itself isn't bad, it just feels a trifle unfinished. Touches of lighting could be added to make it fit in, and it wouldn't necessarily need more gingerbread. You could play with the lighting on the surface to make it wet (shiny) feeling, could play with the colors and values of it more, and perhaps sharpen the edge. It merely looks comparatively unfinished. The upper half is so dominant that it needs a kick to make the named star of the show, the plum, a little more vitalized. Right now other than the round shape which is plum-like, it feels a little more like a matted surface of the rooted beet.

Of course, if it's a symbolic metaphor for consciousness or creative imagination or something above the physical, then it's a matter of taking into account how it's projecting. If it's your way of saying that colorful sayings have come from this fruit as you mentioned, that's also great. Or that the fruit as they come to us in the grocery store are relatively flavorless anymore, as the colorful sayings have also disappeared, that's also very cool. But the plum in any case still could do with some pizazz.

Think of yourself being a solitary actor on stage delivering lines. You have control over volume, over pitch, over inflection, over speed of the words, except you are delivering those lines set to evoke an idea or interest and connection in some way. So your articulation as you lead us somewhere is important.

Your work has gotten so amazing in places, you owe it to yourself to carry your artistry all throughout the picture.

Like I say, the upper half is plum fantastic!!!!!!!! :):):):):)

pat1940
07-22-2011, 09:16 AM
I love the beautiful colors in this one Sandy and also very impressed with the design, great job;);):):)

barnburner
07-22-2011, 09:26 AM
I really like this one Sandy. Of course I'm biased - I LOVE Plums! LOL ) I don't have a one in the house, and now you are going to make me drive to town and get some. :) Excellent job on the plum, and the overall composition is great. :):):):)

Alexandra
07-22-2011, 10:58 AM
MIDO, thank you very much!

Thank you my dear Amanda!

Gigi, unusual combo huh? But it worked. So pleased that you liked it. Thanks dear lady!

Skylar, a fluke of a plum, I mean bobbed plum fruit, oh dear....I mean one of those odd things that evolve sometimes from the deep crevices of our imaginations, thanks dear friend for such a beautiful perspective.

DAkey, I felt the same way as soon as I uploaded it. I am relieved to read your honest but kind comment. I will go back over it a bit more, and I also thought of a few more possibilities for the stems as in its odd connection with the fruit. Food for thought I guess.:o:p:o Thanks so much dear man and dear friend!

Thanks so much dear Pat! So happy you liked it.

Oh I too Mike! I grew up with plum and peach trees-and I took these things for granted. Such wonderful fruit. I wish that I had planted these trees on my place when I first moved here. So silly not to have done this. Thanks dear friend!

semd74
07-22-2011, 11:28 AM
Sandy, this painting is absolutely "Plum Purty (southern lingo)." Love the colors and the composition and agree with Skylar's definition of odd. I looked at this one for a while :):):)

limey-g
07-22-2011, 12:06 PM
Really nice painting, love the strong colours.
Geoff

Alexandra
07-22-2011, 12:32 PM
I am making some corrections and will upload soon.;):)

Thanks Steve and Geoff, I know it is truly an odd piece, all I can say is some times these things happen. lol.

Dear Steve, thank yea, I'm glad you found it purty.;):D

justjean
07-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Sandy, this is wonderful, love the plum, the colours and especially that dewdrop it's perfect :):)

shechat
07-22-2011, 08:23 PM
I love this one Sandy. I agree with Skylar you have achieved a stunning just under the water surface effect.

Caesar
07-22-2011, 08:30 PM
You seem to get a tasty artpiece from even the least of the subjects, dear Sandra. This image is powerfully concrete and conceptually elegant.

barnburner
07-22-2011, 11:20 PM
Sandy, while I really like the first one, your "improved" version is even better. Superb job on the shadings on the plum, extremely realistic. The drops of water was a great touch! Well done. :):):)

Alexandra
07-23-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks dear Jean! I am so thrilled to have discovered how to make a dew drop after nearly pulling my hair out. Now I am afraid I will be dew drop crazy now on all of my paintings, from tears to flowers-haha! So happy you liked this one.

Thanks so much Sheila! This was fun. Some times it is best I think to just let go and let your imagination flow.

How kind of you Cesare, thank you!

Thanks so much Mike! Couldn't you just bite into the screen? I am so in love with ArtRage. The layers, the watercolor on heavy water, frosty knife, airbrush, crayon...all these things combined give such great effects.

gxhpainter2
07-23-2011, 01:44 AM
Alexandra... what an interesting image... almost surreal or fantastic in its subject matter.. Mr D Akey is a remarkable help and we are all the better for his honest and accurate assessments of our works... the second effort shows how that helps... it is fantastic.. the soft matte quality and deep purples and the water drops really really nice....:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:;);););)

Alexandra
07-23-2011, 05:56 AM
Thanks so much Gary!

MSIE
07-23-2011, 08:59 AM
very well done, the plum looks soooo yummy :) :)

screenpainter2
07-23-2011, 03:42 PM
That's quite an amazing design. could see it on the show pimp my ride on the side of a van. :)

EB
07-23-2011, 04:01 PM
nicely done

D Akey
07-23-2011, 04:12 PM
You did a great job, Alexandra. :)

Alexandra
07-24-2011, 01:51 AM
MSIE, screenpainter, Earle, DAkey, I appreciate your time and kind comments so very much, thanks!

Belvrog
07-24-2011, 05:29 AM
Very beautifully done. Really like its shading and details. For me the elements behind the blossom make it shine as they make this a somehow energetic experience. Very well done Sandy.

pat1940
07-24-2011, 09:32 AM
Sandy it is so nice to get advise from our AR friends, and what is even nicer is that we listen and take on the challenge to improve our talents, so thanks to many of you ragers that are kind enough to give advise and helping us out.....this one is so beautiful Sandy D akey gave you great advise and you did it perrrrrrrrrfect;););):):):)

sabena
07-24-2011, 10:43 AM
Hi Alexandra. your perfect style and the Fantastic painting creat a great artist:D

kenmo
07-24-2011, 10:49 AM
Very nice painting....love the colours....

Alexandra
07-24-2011, 02:38 PM
Belv, Pat, Sabena, and Ken, Thank you all for your kind and generous comments. They are so appreciated.

Great to see you again Sabena!