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Thread: Giesha In Garden

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    Giesha In Garden

    WC of course did the giesha on a layer by itself, ref for giesha
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    Pat.. interesting painting.. it has an almost Van Gogh look to the handling of the background and waterfall..it seems like a bit of a departure from your normal brushwork and style... very nice work..

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    Some unusual effects but I must say that they work very well in this lovely painting nicely done my dear Pat
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    hi Pat not being a water colour bloke i can't real'y say bbbbbbbbbbbut

    think it wants sharpening up if that's the right word darken the darks

    might do the trick yeah ??? otherwise wait for Mac ok plus your

    talking Layer's so I'm confused

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    Forgot Pat to say But I like it ----E/S

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    It's charming, Pat!

    She is very inviting and hospitable. She fits a Japanese garden setting and it conjures up more of the flavor of the place than meets the eye. There are a lot of very cool things going on.

    The brushwork is interesting. It's interesting that GX mentioned Van Gogh in the context of something Japanese, because ol' Vincent was very influenced by Japanese prints. So feels a little like a Japanese pic influenced by Van Gogh. I think that comes from the similar handling of the brushwork.

    You have the wet feel working. I would offer an idea that you may want to consider where you're going anyway, only to let more of the white of the paper show through your paint translucently like watercolor, to see how that suits you. It might lighten the feel where the materials can guide you somewhat as well in a sort of Zen spontaneity. A little bit of the happy accident might be fun to give a go because some of it you can let stand as is in addition to working it about (also cool as ya do). Finding that balance is something that comes with playing around with it.

    But this is really nice. And in your own way, it's sort of analogous to Beatrice escorting Dante through Heaven. The perfection and harmony of the Zen Garden. The perfection of the Geisha. The elements. Nature. . . You've put it all in to this one. I feel I would learn something entering this place.
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    Absolutely great to have a geisha in the garden anytime You need some tea served perfectly and with all the necessary rituals! Very good painting. You're joining Coops' japanophiles club I see.
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    A lovely painting of one of my favourite themes, well done again Pat
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    Thankyou all for your kind comments, always appreciate them a lot
    D Akey, will take your advise in showing little white of canvas, when I look at this now I feel it looks a little to busy, if that makes sensethankyou so much for your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat1940 View Post
    D Akey, will take your advise in showing little white of canvas, when I look at this now I feel it looks a little to busy, if that makes sensethankyou so much for your input
    Your thinking is quite sound, and if it makes sense to you, that's what matters most. But I agree about it being somewhat busy. I think it feels that way because many of the strokes are so similar.

    So in future perhaps think in terms of groupings. Designing areas with certain distinct characteristics adds interest. Can be done with color, shape, strokes, etc.

    In this painting, the busyness would not seem so much like a steady buzz. It would have more of an interplay with variety to create a hierarchy of interest and create a direction of movement. (A lot to absorb all at once, so just file it away for the moments this could be used as it comes up for you. Plus you can evaluate other artist's work based on these things, and you'll find some do it well and others don't work for you how they did it.)

    So with your comment, what I find most telling is that you're tapping into your own inner guidance, which is the most important thing an artist can do because that's what runs the show. The rest is more or less the process of getting the painting how it is inside you out onto the canvas not so much like taking a photo knowing perfectly the endpoint before you begin, but by being able to roll with the unexpected things that happen during the process. The inner guidance is best supple and responsive as well as directive.

    You're busy at crafting your vision as an artist not just for one painting but for you as the painter on a journey of many, many paintings. It all goes into your bag of tricks. Your artistic muscles are being toned up.
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