Thursday, February 21, 2008


Blogger Ambera said...

Much much better. Your composition is complimented by that beautiful water. I think the boat helps add a point of interest and really anchors the composition. Nice job, I think it's done!

Blogger Melissa E. Keyes said...


I liked it minimal, but here's what I see now. Something red is needed near the center.

If you can, go look at a book of Winslow Homer's paintings. Every one has at least a touch of red or burnt sienns in the middle area of the composition.

This 'gimmick' was pointed out to my class in college. The prof was discussing a portrait, and when he covered the bit of red at the subject's throat, the painting fell apart.

Perhaps a person wearing a red coat doing something on the bow of the boat.

See: (today!) for an example of a painting that seem to have a hole in the middle of it that a red car could fill. This lady also uses asymmetrical compossition, but consider the other picture without the red couch, say, if it were grey.

Maybe the hull of the boat burnt sienna? Or, don't spend too much time on this painting, move on, another boat way off behind this one, nearly off the side. Lots of solutions to every painting challenge! OK.

Blogger Melissa E. Keyes said...

Oh, and I'd like to give you much compliments on the glittery glare on the water. I love it when the water sparkles. (That's a quote that I've adopted)

Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Thanks Ambera. I'm glad you like the boat. It sat on the easel for days with nothing there and I couldn't decide whether to keep it or take it out.
I'm still not sure...

Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Melissa! Thanks so much for your detailed feedback. I sincerely appreciate it. Karin and Winslow are two of my favorites! I'll repost the painting with updates in the near future. Thanks again!

Blogger Meg Lyman said...

Wow, looks great. I love the light's reflection on the water. Very well done!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It sat on the easel for days with nothing there and I couldn't decide" If I have trouble with a painting, or even if I don't, I turn it to the wall and don't see it for a day or two. Then, Bang! Look at that!

Or sometimes that can happen if I just take a break for an hour. I seem to be going backwards with this dumb reef scene I'm fiddling with now- hours spent, just to be rubbed out, ouch!

And thankyou for being so kind and tolerant of my comments!

Off to try to get some fish looking right! And don't ever try to paint a lobster, can't be done!

Oh, I'm not signed in, this is Melissa.


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