Saturday, July 14, 2007

"One Down" --- SOLD



I've been trying to get a bottom view of one of these pears, and I finally worked it into a composition. Cool.

They taught us in school that successful paintings have lines that lead you to the point(s) of interest, and in general keep your eye moving around the painting. I've never really been able to plan for that in a painting. When it happens ... it happens. Maybe someday I'll be that good. In looking at this painting now, I see some lines that lead to the pears, but everything escapes out the top of the painting. Is that bad?

7 comments:

Helen Read said...

Carol, my eyes come back! .. and here's why. The curve of the stems very gently directs them back into the picture. At least that's what MY eyes do! I am enjoying your pears in these past few paintings...

Deb Kirkeeide said...

I really love this one Carol. And I agree with Helen, the curve of the stems and the lines of the background definitely direct my eyes to the pears. I don't think the lines escape at all, they seem to enter the painting. I love the warm pallette on this one.

Jo Castillo said...

I agree. Also the shadows in the drapery help to direct the eye down. Nice painting.
Jo

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Um, Carol?
Yer good!

Carol Marine said...

Thanks you guys! I appreciate the encouragement. I guess what I'm unclear about, is when a line leads directly to an edge, Is that line drawing you in, or leading you out? Does it depend?

Jo Castillo said...

I do think it depends on the composition. In still life you can blur/soften edges, darken corners,gray colors, etc. You do not always have to have "stoppers" on the edges. This painting sure works, so..... that is always nice. :)
Jo

TK Temple said...

Yup, it's good! The dark cloth of the background recedes visually, so the lines out the top are gentler; plus yes, there is an arc running through the pears and their stems that combines with the visual pull of the luscious warm horizontal foreground colors. That creates a nice dynamic circular movement through the stems, so the eye does go up, but comes back and circles through the subject.

Very very nice every which way! :D
TK