Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last Week's Picture

I did this painting last week and liked it but when I took it to my group for a critique, they felt it had two separate compositions.  One on the top and the boats on the bottom (see previous post).  By putting masts on some of the boats and bringing them up into the above structures, I united both top and bottom into one scene.  I do think that it improved the painting.  This trick also creates a larger box of air by pushing the background into the distance.  When I was in Portofino sketching, I did not sketch any boats with masts but many boats on the down-slope had blue covers.  There are plenty of symbols to identify with Portofino and you do what you have to do for composition.

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