A FORUM OF DISCUSSION, CRITIQUE AND SHARING WITH CANADIAN ARTIST BRIAN SIMONS. THE ARTIST'S WORK CAN BE SEEN AT HIS OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.briansimons.com
WOW! Elliot! I wish I could see it in real. 40/30''! You have a large brush? it is dynamic,I love the draw and the comp.It is sparkling!
Christiane took the words out of my mouth! Large brushes indeed... Do you usually use a red underpainting? Gives it a lot of sparkle. I imagine you are young and have lots of energy to cover such a large canvas in one evening.
Hi Elliot,Thinking about this I feel that your red underpainting rather overwhelms the reds and oranges of the umbrellas which applies especially to 'yellow house on the beach' where your underpainting is pretty much the hottest colour in the picture. I'd try underpainting with burnt sienna or even a warm grey.Originally, underpainting was designed to match the colour of the palette so you could see how the colours would look when you mixed them on the palette. Maybe you could try mixing your colours on a red palette?
Thanks for the comment Dan. I didn't know that about underpainting. Definitely something to consider.
I'm ready for my chilled umbrella drink :)
Hi Elliot, love the orange and gray in this and the beautiful contrasts ie: warm/cool, compliments, chroma/gray. The comp is pretty cool too. If I had anything constructive to say it would be to watch those whites! The ones in the umbrellas on the upper left seem cold and dead while the ones on the lower portion of the painting are warmed up and have some life. Grays are great in a painting as my brother often demonstrates, but they too should be warm/cool and excited so that they don't cast a dullness over the painting. Even the grays, I think should have a bit of color in them and not be perfect grays. One other suggestion, watch those highlights on the chairs....that the brushstrokes are not scratchy and I might darken their value slightly so they don't look pasted on as you are going into a dark context with them? I love the bigness and boldness of this painting and the sense of fun here. Hopefully you can maintain that when you do the larger one.Hope this is helpfull Elliot. Brian