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    My life is abstract!

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ID:	25290 I am pleased with the colors, but not the composition ....Poppies are one of my favorite things to paint, but watercolor paints are not easy to master...
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
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    Composition is a topic all on its own and one I struggle to master. If the picture is a snapshot of a poppy field, then the composition looks fine to me.
    Yep, watercolours are difficult to work with and take some time to master.
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    Patron Foxee's Avatar
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    Those colors are luscious! Do you ever try turning your paintings/drawings upside down to troubleshoot them?

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    The size of the watercolor paper is 14x17 inches, larger than I am used to working on, so I feel like I was a bit intimidated by the size of the paper...
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxee View Post
    Those colors are luscious! Do you ever try turning your paintings/drawings upside down to troubleshoot them?
    No, I have not tried turning my paintings upside down, but looking at them in a mirror helps, so does taking a photo of them... I will give that a try! Thank you... and thanks for noticing the colors, I wanted a very dramatic bold painting, so I applied many layers of color...
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    I don't think that the composition is really bad or anything but if you find that you want to adjust it I could see it going into a collage/multimedia direction or unconventional matting.

    The layers of color are great! And part of what makes the piece pop is that you've included really good, dark passages, like the center of the flowers, that anchor the piece while still not detracting from the airy, ethereal quality.

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    I think I will frame it in a nice frame, then see how it looks ... a nice frame hides a multitude of sins ......
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Why are you dissatisfied with the composition? To me it is vibrant and well proportioned. I (attempt) to paint with watercolours and wish I could achieve something half as good! I must try looking at mine in a mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Norman View Post
    Why are you dissatisfied with the composition? To me it is vibrant and well proportioned. I (attempt) to paint with watercolours and wish I could achieve something half as good! I must try looking at mine in a mirror.
    Aww, well thank you for the nice comments.... I just thought that the arrangement of the Poppies should be more.... longer, wispy long stemmed.... abstract painting is new to me, I love detail, so I struggle not to add detail.... if you look at my thread "A lotta lizard" you will see my attention to detail... one trick with watercolor paint is to know when to stop....
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Yes I see what you mean but you would need to be careful not to dilute the depth in the flowers at the expense of giving length to the stems. A little more wispy would be good.

    I agree about knowing when to stop, that's my main problem. I always end up with too dense and solid colour. I've tried washing with a pale colour but usually end up with a murky blob!

    I loved the Lizard painting. The way it came to life as you progressed was remarkable, he is gorgeous.

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