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Comment by Michael J. Severin on September 12, 2012 at 9:52

Not just peoples heads .... the more overlapping the more planes, the more planes, the more depth in your painting.  Also, the overlapping of the long line breaks the line up so the viewer does not follow that line.  Your line is pretty straight, but if it was meandering, it would be a slower line and would not necessarily need to be broken.  The head of the child is ALMOST  "kissing" the line ...  which would not be good...just that fluff of hair breaks it.  It is really no big deal Cheryl because the head overlaps enough to give space between it and the line.  It's just that you came awfully close to "kissing" that line.  If you are going to overlap that shape in your next painting ..... do not overlap the head in half ... use one-quarter or three-quarter.  Make a quick linear drawing of your painting but don't overlap the head and line at all ..... see how easily the depth is lost.  Happy painting!!!

Comment by Cheryl Lipham on September 12, 2012 at 9:27

Thank you!  Okay, you mentioned the head barely breaking the line of the incoming foam.  Like I said, I paint from the picture.  If it's there, I paint it there!  Is there a rule about placing people's heads on or off of planes? I would be curious, because my daughter wants me to paint the same type scene of our granddaughter.  I've just sketched her figure out on paper, so it isn't down on the canvas I have time to fix it!  Let me know!

Comment by Michael J. Severin on September 11, 2012 at 2:52

I had commented on your painting earlier, but I do not see my comments here, so maybe I did something wrong.  Anyway,  This is a beautiful painting!!  Your use of warms and cools, reflected light, and value placement .. all good!  The child's reflection, shadow, and the water shape from his back to the edge of the canvas, keep the figure tied into the picture .. excellent!  The child's head just barely breaks the line of the incoming foam ... whew!  Look at the figure work of Renoir and see how he controls edges ... nice job Cheryl.  Happy painting!!

Comment by Cheryl Lipham on September 7, 2012 at 12:55

Lyndia, thank you very much for the kind words. Yes, he was totally mesmerized by the surf..he loved it.

Comment by Lyndia Crawford on September 7, 2012 at 10:29

This is really beautiful! you really captured a fantastic moment.

Comment by Cheryl Lipham on August 8, 2012 at 6:04

Thanks so much, Patricia!  I appreciate it. I really love to do water...can't say I loved doing the figure because of the challenge to paint my own grandson...he's so precious and I wanted to represent him as God made him!  I thank you for your kind words.

Comment by Patricia Genever on August 7, 2012 at 14:03

This is so realistic and beautifully painted Cheryl.  Well done!!

Comment by Cheryl Lipham on August 7, 2012 at 13:19

Thank you Linn for your kind words.  You have some very striking portraits.  I feel more comfortable with landscapes, but my daughter requested this one.  I do not draw very well.  You certainly have a very nice ability to draw the human figure!  Thanks again.

Comment by Linn Bradley on August 7, 2012 at 12:52

You are a great artist! I think your value is bang on and your use of colour is so consistent throughout. You inspire me.

Comment by Cheryl Lipham on July 31, 2012 at 1:27

Deodanda, thank you for your 'like' and comment.  It was a challenge for me, but I felt happy with it when he recognized himself!  I was scrolling through your pieces and found you do beautiful work.  I noticed on your profile that you started out as a realistic painter...same here.  I can't quite do the painterly thing.  I tried on my last piece, but couldn't help myself with the detail.  The one I'm working on now, which is a repeat of the last one, I've removed the small brushes from the table....well almost all of them...ha!  I thought I wouldn't be tempted to do the detail. But I can't quite get it.  It looks sloppy...probably is, but I guess I have to start somewhere! happy painting...


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