| 08 November, 2015 12:41
Thanks, Danielle, for sharing this photo! It was a good one to use. The delicate flower was fun for all to paint, and the composition had some obvious flaws that we could improve upon, mostly dealing with value. Most of you improved the composition admirably including increasing contrast around the foreground figure (flower), flipping the values on the "trip around" the figure, getting a lost edge, etc. In other words, you made the backgound work to strengthen the painting! Sargent would have approved of all of these techniques and would also have appreciated the way you cropped in on the flower, a favorite approach of Sargent. And, we even ended up with several (3?) chipmunks! I also was struck by how many of you rearranged the three flowers, overlapping them, changing their positions, etc, to make a stronger statement. What a bunch of outstanding students I'm honored to teach!