Friday, August 21, 2009

Harmony


This painting has yet to release it's name to me but I've moved away from Yin Yin. Painting is still unfinished. I've painted the area outside the circle as sort of a loosely rendered, tromp l'oeil Victorian gold frame. I've been looking at it for a while and it's growing on me. Comments?? Approx 30x30 oil.

10 comments:

Steve McAfee said...

This is nice-I like the warm tan color you chose for outside of the circle. Since it reminds me of an old map-like your globe-what if the map continued as line work very very faintly outside of the circle and disappeared towards the edges?
The figures are so strong and nice it seems the background should stay pretty minimal.

Martin Pate said...

That's not a bad idea...I've been looking at that area trying to come up with something...I'll keep looking at it. Don't want it to look too much like an illustration. Thanks for the input.

Tina Steele Lindsey Art said...

Martin, no illustration look here, it is fabulous.

Steve McAfee said...

I know-I can't help myself...

Hamlin Design said...

Martin, really like it a lot. The only that keeps getting my eye is that the girl on the bottom....what is she looking at? The top girl has eyes shut as if sleeping but the one on the bottom seems to be looking at her bottom. No offense meant here, just an observation. I am wondering what she is looking at...

-Mike

Martin Pate said...

Hey Mike...thanks for the comment...always good to hear how others see things. In the original, it looks like the model on the bottom has her head resting on the floor(map) and with her gaze being slightly up and to her left, she would actually see the upper models leg...near the ankle. Appearances are important however so I'll give it some thought. Other opinions anyone??

Steve McAfee said...

It's hard for me to tell at this reproduction size where her eyes are looking. I kind of see Mike's point-but then I look again and she seems to be looking more up and to the left top corner of the painting. It's like one of those magic paintings where the eyes follow you.

Cathyann said...

Hi Martin,
I just looked at this and read the coments. I like this piece very much, but wondered about the dancer looking upward as well. I would entitle it "curious". I think it it a very strong and intriguing piece because it generates questions.

Antti Rautiola said...

Wonderfull composition.
I like it a lot.
It would be sweet to have circular framing also on it. :)

Martin Pate said...

Thanks for all the comments blog friends. Cathyann, I do like for questions to be raised, even if they are subtle and simple but this particular one was not planned. Maybe unplanned is good in some cases??