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07-09-2015, 07:59 PM
I've been trying for a more painterly look.


07-10-2015, 01:43 AM
I like very much this particular style!!!

07-10-2015, 05:30 AM
damasocl is right, this is a very nice approach, and well executed. :):):)

D Akey
07-10-2015, 08:40 AM
Pretty nice. I can see what you're doing. Personally, the mixed media/mixed technique is not as satisfying as if you remained consistent -- in this case. I've seen it work well where the placement of the painterly was strategic in order to offer to the viewer a skillful mix of cool marks. In this case, it makes the background rather bland and safe and unpainterly by comparison.

I understand this is an experiment and I offer comment in that spirit of analysis seeking preference.

Listen, anything works for any situation. So I'm not offering rules. I'm speaking of this particular picture. I would suggest as you experiment that you consider the background as an integral part of the painting and thus attend to all parts of the picture with a similar ownership. . . ultimately. It's a consciousness thing. You're dealing with a whole canvas because a whole canvas will be seen. If you are simplifying in order to isolate the subject like an illustration in a botanical journal, then well and good. But it won't be a painting. It will be a technical illustration. If you are doing it like a product shot in photography, then aim at that. If you're doing something you might see in a travel magazine, (less academic), you might want to consider some bleeding away from the subject with a few swashy but purposeful strokes.

Right now, as you have done it, it's a good first crack. And I'm suggesting possible things to look at as ways to enhance this kind of thing. Backgrounds that are thought of separately rarely work, and often by mere luck, unless you already know why you're doing it and are okay with that.

07-10-2015, 12:08 PM
I am a man of few words but this I actually like a lot the colors are technically perfect in my eyes. and the simplicity of it is calming to me I love it.

07-10-2015, 02:21 PM
Thank you all for such wonderful input. I want so much to get away from putting in detail but I'm finding it a struggle - so every suggestion is very gratefully received. DA - I understand what you are saying about the background and I can see the importance of that. Not offering an excuse but I was concentrating so much on the subject that I didn't really give a thought to the execution of the background.

I've been searching the net for some tutorials but there is very little out there for digital impressionism or indeed using the knife. I have also been experimenting with knife settings - I think I may have found one that I will play with today. I'm aware that I also have to know how to put down colour. So much to learn but it's fun!

Another thing that bothers me is that I don't have a style of my own - I can copy but I want to find something that is 'mine'. So many of you here have that - as soon as I look at your paintings I can identify the artist. I wasn't going to name any names but Drskmisra who hasn't been painting very long, already has an identifiable style. Perhaps it's the palette he uses but you immediately recognise it as one of his. Good work Drskmisra!

I can hear you all saying that I should use a reference just for that and not slavishly try and reproduce it. :)

07-10-2015, 02:37 PM
Great beginnings, June. I too struggle with detail :D

07-10-2015, 04:40 PM
Jean, your's is one of the names I didn't mention. :) I just love your paintings.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that while I feel I have a dress style that is me and a favourite perfume that is my signature, I don't have a painting style that says 'me'. :rolleyes:

07-11-2015, 03:27 AM
June, this is very nice, don't worry some day all of a sudden it will hit you and wamo that is your style

07-12-2015, 01:26 AM
Thanks Jean for the encouraging words - you are another with 'style'. ;)

07-17-2015, 11:32 AM
What I love about art is that it represents what we actually feel and think about a subject. A tasty ripe apple one of nature best gifts.