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Christy Boyce
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Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Christy Boyce » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:14 am

Hi everybody, I have been working on these watercolors for about a year now, on and off. First I would like to explain them. These are a gift for my husbands grandmother. We have four girls who are named Rose, Violet, Magnolia, and Dahlia. So this is why I have these random flowers. The last one I just started. Our newest daughter Dahlia was born about 6 months ago, and we had no idea she was going to be a girl, or which flower name we were going to give her. So that is why it was not done the same time as the others. I tried to figure out a background that would go with all of the flowers, But something about them all bothers me and I don't know what it is. It could be the fact that I've been working on these for awhile and I'm getting burnt out on them. But I think there is something missing or just not quite right with them. (maybe the shadowing). I have looked at them over and over, but I still can't put my finger on it. Any suggestions would be very helpful.
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Huggertwo1 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:44 am

The flowers have depth and realism
If you are going to do something do it right or don't do it at all.
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby MiChelleAngella » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:19 am

I like the vine-pattern under the flowers, but i'm thinking it could do really good with leaves as well [in a different shade of green from the vine]- even two leaves for each flower might be good enough.
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Lorena Shiffer » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:07 am

The flowers strike me as beautifully rendered but I did not understand the background. The green patterns strike me more like a trap that the flower has crept through. Just simple leaves, stalks, vines and open space, IMO would enhance and frame the flowers more harmoniously
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Carol McNeeley » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:06 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. The flowers seem beautiful. Watercolor is not an easy medium. Leaves may have helped, but I don't think you can add them at this point without starting over. I like the pattern in your backgrounds. It seems like green string over grey stone. They tie the 3 finished pieces together And add interest without overwhelming the flowers. I think your grandmother will love this gift.
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Christy Boyce » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:34 pm

Thanks everyone, I had thought about adding leaves. I decided not to because all of the flowers leaves are so different for one another, (Rose leaves are very different from big Magnolia tree leaves) and I didn't want to add generic leaves, I would rather try to use the real leaves. What about adding a shadow behind the flowers? Do you think that would help or would it make everything too dark?
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Christy Boyce » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:36 pm

Also, Any suggestions on what color I should make the Dahlia?
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby nandesign » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:43 am

too much said
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Carson Collins » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:18 am

Good job on the flowers, and thank you for taking the time to communicate your intent with us. So many artists don't, or cant. :D

My advice, for whatever it's worth: Get rid of the green spaghetti.
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Re: Anybody have any suggestions?

Postby Becca Desty » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:40 pm

Very nice paintings. I love the story behind them :)

I would suggest adding a stronger light source to each (and in turn a stronger shadow). Personally I would use a yellow light and a purple shadow as I feel this would help make the colors pop.

I like the green vines in the background. I feel like it makes the paintings consistent with each other so they feel more like a series and less like random unrelated paintings. Also, the simplicity of them makes the flowers stand out more. I think the vines were a good call.

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