2.25.2013

Ocean Sunset


I cropped off the bottom three inches on this piece because it did not add anything to the painting. I wanted the focus to be on the reflected light on the ocean in the distance. One always has to remember the focal point.  I like it better now and it has sold.

12 comments:

  1. I agree with you Jean, to me the cropped version looks to be more interesting and more beautiful. This sunset is absolutely fantastic. Ciao.

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    1. Thank you Tito. I am definitely going to crop this one.

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  2. I think I see your point. You are moving the focus onto the bright spot in the sky and its reflection in the water. At the same time removing the very contrasting piece of land in the foreground. I think it works well. And it fits the rule of thirds, although I hate rules :)
    I do like the sky in this painting a lot!

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    1. You are right Blaga. I had the principals and elements of design drummed into me in art class but our instructor also says that they are just guidelines, and can be broken on occasion.

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  3. hi jean full of atmosphere ... both work for me ..i esp like the zig zag and distance created in the uncropped version .

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  4. I think best solution would be to use a mat instead cutting your paint, so always keep the original.

    I like both of them.

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  5. It's a beautiful painting. I don't think you need to crop it, just extend the light reflection in the fore ground a little to the left to emphasize the "S" composition.

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  6. Yes, this is what I do too, crop on my computer but not in reality LOL , I think you are right in the fact that the foreground doesn't add to the painting . Fabulous painting !

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  7. The crop works very well and is my favourite Jean. Lovely painting and I especially like the delicate colours of the ocean sunset.

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  8. Absolutely prefer the cropped version Jean. In the full version the land in the foreground pulls the eye down and away from the setting sun. The cropped version not only keeps the eye on the horizon, but the wider format emphasises the expanse of the ocean. Lovely painting,

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  9. Bellissimo soggetto e bellissimi colori

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  10. Really beautiful.

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