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, or...do you think it looks ok as it is (purely from a perspective/balance angle)?