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03/05/2005: "Help with new painting"

This is a painting I posted before, it's still very much in its infancy. In the first one, the figure on the left has been bothering me; she seems out of scale with the others, too small or something. I'm afraid that if I make her bigger, since she's the only one standing, it will disturb the balance of the piece. If I had to describe my work in one word it would be "balance". At least that's what I strive for.

I created the second image using my trusty PhotoShop, I did it by duplicating the figure on the right, and moving her to the left. In the real painting she would have different physical characteristics, I just wanted to see if the composition would feel more balanced having a seated musician on that side, as opposed to the bassist, so I gave her a mandolin instead.

Also, I took away the middle woman's fiddle, and gave her a squeeze box and moved her to the right a little.

My question is if the changes I've made to the second piece improve the composition, or do you think I should just make the bassist a little bigger, you think it looks ok as it is (purely from a perspective/balance angle)?

trio3 (33k image) trio2 (33k image)

Replies: 3 Comments

on Saturday, March 5th, Howard said

Having the bottom of the bass cut off in the first one doesn't look right to me.

on Saturday, March 5th, holly said

I thought she was sitting with a cello, I think because the way her knees show around the edge of the instrument. Hmmm, maybe not have her turned full frontal, like the central figure? Otherwise, it looks fine to me...

on Saturday, March 5th, Elise said

So, maybe just fix a few things on the one on the left as opposed to going with the new composition on the right? Am I understanding your suggestions?