Sunday, July 25, 2010

Revised Kirstenbosch

Thank you, thank you to all for your input on my painting of the kids at Kirstenbosch.  I really appreciated your input and took Celeste's advice about the orange wash as well as comments on the background.

So, far fewer bushes in the back and an orange glaze, this is the best pic I could get, so please excuse any glare.

24 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Hello Liz,
Both versions are wonderful. I still say you are brave to paint so many faces in one painting. I would have been terrified.

Anthony Duce said...

The painting still looks great. I like it now. But i like it as it was before too.

Artscapes said...

The values look richer and the simpler background brings the children more into the foreground or is it the background is pushed back giving more depth. Definitely the orange has warmed the browns and blues. The children's expressions are more noticeable especially the middle child who looks a bit apprehensive. It might be that his gaze is more prominent with the simpler blue behind him.

Thank you for sharing. I'm sure it will help me be more aware of these elements.

Avocaken said...

Good JOB! The figures really do "pop" now with more contrasts. Taking out the "shrubbery" helps me see the children on the right side. :-)

Ken B.

Prabal said...

Well.. this has come out really good after the changes. I liked the change of background the most. I want to be child again after seeing this. :)

padmaja said...

Certainly a glow is added to the original version, Again, I stress that this is a winner, a brave attempt and an inspiring one at that!

Maree said...

Really great people study Liz, beautifully done!

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yes I like it before too... it is wa very nice atmosphere

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

yes I liked before too, it is a nice atmosphere in this paint

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Dean H. said...

Very nice change, in my humble opinion! More contrast and richer color all over. I like how you 'trimmed' the shrubbery.

Marian Fortunati said...

Your treatment of the bushes in the back really helped the painting... I can't tell directly what the orange wash did, but I do see a more solid intense look to the painting...

Isn't it amazing what little things do... and in my case, frustrating, because I so often don't often see what needs to be done to my own paintings.

Johannes Baul said...

the different facial expressions are superb

Charlene Brown said...

This picture doesn't just tell a story -- it tells five very expressive stories. What a delightful little group!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Carol - I love painting people.


And thank you Tony. I prefer it now.

Art with Liz said...

I also like the way the children are more prominent Elizabeth - and thank you for visiting!


Hi there Ken, I also really prefer it - thanks to all you wonderful folk in blogland!

Art with Liz said...

Hello Prabal. Welcome back and I hope you're feeling so much better. What a great comment - thank you!


Thank you Padmaja - with your comment I am thinking of putting this forward for our Annual Exhibition in October. You give me confidence!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Maree!


Thank you too, Laura. They were so cute sitting there.

Art with Liz said...

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A very valued opinion Dean. Your input is always so gratefully received - I took the shrubbery out totally, but it didn't work. I too like the reduced greenery.

Art with Liz said...

I guess it is quite difficult to see the difference in the pic Marian, but in 'real life' it did make a big difference toning down those very bright blues. Like you say in your post, you sometimes only pic up inconsistencies after you've taken the photo. Maybe a mirror in the artroom hmmm...


Danke Johannes, I enjoyed doing them.

AutumnLeaves said...

I thin it was gorgeous before and it is still gorgeous, Liz!

Cathy Gatland said...

This is a terrific painting Liz, definitely an exhibition contender!

sam said...

Its really good Liz, its a very interesting piece with a nice group of kids. I like the way youve amende the background it lets a bit of air into the scene.

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