Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Improving "Cast Out"

After being away from my studio for a couple of weeks, I returned to view "Cast Out" (the latest in my Crow Man series)with a fresh eye. Almost immediately I saw a very dominant line coming from the lower right to the large crow, first from the right-hand side. This line takes away the importance of that crow and it's skeptical?/evil?/noncompliant? expression. Whatever he's expressing, I want the viewer to look at him and wonder.

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To decrease the dominance of that dark line, I knew I had to break it up somehow. I applied frisket--a masking material that allows one to paint over, or lift from without disturbing the paper/paint below--and let it dry overnight. Today I was able to lift some of the dark line, keeping the crow's feet intact. After lifting the paint with water and sponge, I added some warm color to attach the newly lifted area to the warm orange to the left.

Another area that distracted me was the dominance of the turquoise blue patch above the crow. I broke that piece up with some burnt sienna.

 
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See if you agree that these changes have improved this painting.

 
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3 comments:

Ruth Armitage said...

hi Margaret,
Yes! I think you are right... I see the crow more now. Good job!
Ruth

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. You really are good at keeping me in touch with you. Thanks. Looks like a great day on the McKenzie.

About Crow Man. I would never have seen those places as a distraction. But I can tell you that the changes you made bring that crow WAY out. I can't even believe such little change can do so much.

Love to you and yours,
Petie

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. You really are good at keeping me in touch with you. Thanks. Looks like a great day on the McKenzie.

About Crow Man. I would never have seen those places as a distraction. But I can tell you that the changes you made bring that crow WAY out. I can't even believe such little change can do so much.

Love to you and yours,
Petie