June 26, 2010

Something's lacking?

I'm stumped.  I don't know what to do for this painting.  I've put in all the details but it's lacking that something special....the sparkle I want.   I've put a darker glaze in from the edges,  I've added more lights to my boy... what's missing?  Maybe it just needs more of what I've done but... but I nervous I'll wreck it.

Now that I've said all this I'm going to take the final leap and ask for a critique.  If you have any ideas on what I should do to improve it... let me know.  Asking this is always scary, especially when I send it out to the whole wide web.  I know I've got a long way to go before I get to where I want to be.  So far to go...so little time.

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  1. It's beautiful! Maybe you just need to not look at it for a few days, or even longer... Then when you do, you'll see it through new eyes. You did a really nice job! To me, it tells a story about fear and courage and growing up. :)

  2. Thanks Katherine. I think that is a great plan.

  3. I'm going to take a leap here, Bonnie and hope you will not be offended. I would have more of his arms showing. The elbow on the lift and straight arm on the right. When I look at him I almost get the feeling he's an armless boy and that is unnerving. I understand the clothing is supposed to be big and baggy but maybe you could put tracing paper on top and change his arms and see how it looks to you. Please let me know if this helps.

  4. Thanks for the comment Carol. My husband hinted at the same thing. definitely something to work on.

  5. Like the painting very much
    the little boys body language says so much
    there is a longing and a sadness that we have all experienced as children
    the shadows are beautiful
    for some reason I feel you don't need as much action in the background
    Just a suggestion by I'm by no means a knowledgeable critic