Friday, December 07, 2007

Calla Lily

Calla Lily
Originally uploaded by linfrye
I painted this calla lily last week and set it on my shelf to return to when I got back from work. I like the lilies and vase, but the background has frustrated me. I cropped the image and yet the horizontality of the background strokes seems 'too much' -- and so I'm thinking I may try to redo the background and stroke the paint vertical.

What do you think?


Gwendolyn said...

I like this painting as it is.

I read this painting from upper left to lower right, and the last leaf directly my eye off the paper.

I like the surreal feeling that the background gives.

So I wonder if you really want some focal point in the upper right, to bring my eye back onto the paper?

Lorraine said...

Oh I love the lily and the bowl -- so dramatic! About the background, I think horizontal or flat background so that it forms an almost "non-seen" backdrop for the dramatic foreground. So the only thing I would try to change is the bit of color that looks like brown in the background; otherwise, perfect from my humble and inexperienced perspective!

Tami said...

I love the lily and the bowl. What if you wet the background and just dropped the color in so that it was neither horizontal nor vertical, kind of as Lorraine says, "a non-seen" background? It has a sense of quiet expectation to it that is wonderful.

Teri C said...

The lily is gorgeous!! and it does need to be surrounded by a darker color. I agree that maybe just dropping some paint in and let it diffuse out.