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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WIP- For Art Festival?





Hi there, I had a booth in a art show last Saturday and Sunday, it was pretty slow. Met some wonderful people though and sold 7 pieces. Five of those were the little square canvases I recently posted.
This painting is 16 x 20 on a stretched canvas. I may submit it for the local arts festival in August if it turns out well. You might recall that I painted this a while back on a 8 x 10 canvas. This time I am working more on his likeness. This is my grandson setting in our chair and ignoring everything around him while playing his game. I am open for your critiques as I'm not sure where I want to make changes. I really liked his position and the way the light is hitting his hair and lashes. I painted the image the way it was in the photo, I realize the feet are large because of foreshortening. I thought the large feet made it cute and funny. Do you find it odd? Of course the piece isn't varnished so the darks have flattened out a bit. As usual my photos are not the best, the painting appears a bit more grayed down on here. Ok, lay it on me, lol.


19 comments:

Marie Theron said...

This position is lovely, Barbara. I find it typical of a child. You have not posed him or interfered with him and that gives us a tranquil painting full of character Your muted colours are very effective. Your sales were very good, most artists have stuff heaping up in these difficult times when people buy only essentials.

Lokelani Forrest said...

Barbara...I think this is great. Such a typical pose for a young boy and his games. I have one of those.

Carol Blackburn said...

Great pic Barbara. My grandson is 9 and I find him in all sorts of postions too. My favorite is him sitting on the floor in front of the couch playing his game, he is barefoot and one foot is stuck in Grandpa's slipper. Maybe that will be my next painting. LOL
I love your work.

Barbara Pask said...

Thank you Marie, You are right, art is a luxury and we are lucky to sell anything now days. Glad you like my painting.

Barbara Pask said...

Thanks so much Lokelani, you need to paint your little guy.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Carol, I am so pleased to have you visit and comment. I will visit you and yes you should paint your grandson. That sounds like such a cute position.

Joshua Kadtke said...

I really REALLY like this Barb! You handled the figure of your Grandson so well, and the chair is just brilliant. (Love the strong brushstokes) The only "critique" I find useful to this is the area under his foot hanging off the chair. My eyes sort of fall off the canvas here because of the brightness surrounding it whereas the area to the upper left of the chair is slightly muted towards the edge. It may just seem extreme in photo and not so in person, but I thought I'd offer that.

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Josh, I am so glad you like it. I agree with that area around his foot being light, I had already planned to darken that. If you come back to read this please let me know if the size of his feet bother you. Like I said my original thought was that it might give the viewer a laugh but maybe they should be smaller. Painting is hard work, lol.

Joshua Kadtke said...

The hard work is well worth it though, and it amazes me how many hours I can put it without wanting to clock out! As far as the feet go, I think the right (dangled) one is good sized, and I could live with the one on the chair, but I'd be curious to see it slightly smaller too. Hmm if it were me I'd probably set it aside for a bit and see what it does for you when your not completely focused on it. This will make a good entry to art festival though, very good scene.

Dean H. said...

Hi Barb...Way to go on those sales!
Love the natural "unposed" look! That's always the best, I think.

Your paimting looks great should do very well at the festival!
The size of the feet don't really bother me.

I would like to see something other than the light completely surrounding the chair. Something in a grayed complimentary to the chair perhaps? Of course, all this is only IMHO. :)

Dean H. said...

Corrections...I should read my comments before hitting "publish"! Lol

"paimting"= painting


"complimentary"=complementary

Barbara Pask said...

Thanks Todd & Dean, I value both of your opinions. I am happy you think it will make a good submission to the art festival. I absolutely will be changing that background and I will keep looking at those feet.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I'm taking particular interest in this piece as I'm doing a painting of my daughter in a very similar leather chair. No the large feet don't detract. You really must have them to portray the figure as it would appear to the viewer eye from this angle. A challenging painting that you did very well. Congratulations on selling paintings in this tight markey.

Rosemary said...

Soooo glad you decided to do this one larger! Yea! You captured the total concentration our grandsons put into these games! The light on his hair is wonderful as is that little whisper on the eyelashes! I think the sizes of the feet are fine and, once you make the background adjustment, they probably won't bother you either! GREAT job on a complex composition!

Congrats on the sales! You are onto something with those little square canvases! They are delightful!

Barbara Pask said...

Thank you Bill, look forward to seeing your painting. I am going to darken that background first especially around that hanging foot and take another look at it.

Barbara Pask said...

Thank you very much Rosemary, I love that you visit and I appreciate your comments so much.

Carol said...

Hi Barbara, long time no blogging... Congratulations on the sales, you deserve it. This painting is beautiful! In fact it is perfect in every way.

Barbara Pask said...

HI there Carol, Good to see you. Thank you so much. I'll be over to visit you.

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