View Full Version : girl in red hat

07-19-2007, 09:30 AM
this is a pastel painting I did and was considering competition. your thoughts are appreciated...

07-19-2007, 01:41 PM
Hi Carver;

She is pretty much centered in your presentation. I see the subject layer a bit smaller and being moved so she is at the 3rd quadrant. Contrast is low and the color balance is very cold ... especially for someone of asian descent.

Here is how I see it. It's not perfect ... I did it quickly.


07-19-2007, 03:07 PM
I like Craig's version here better. Also, there are elements of the image that are brighter than her face. My focus is drawn to hat above her face. This needs some work to brighten up her face. I love the colors!!

07-19-2007, 11:06 PM
again thanks Craig for your sense of balance. I now see what you see. I will repost shortly. Cheri, I will try what you see and repost as well. Thanks so much for your vision!

07-20-2007, 12:06 AM
I like this Carver, but I do think Craig's changes are for the best. I don't worry about the red hat being the bright focal point--the hat was the focal point in Vermeer's "Girl in Red Hat," too.

07-20-2007, 02:06 AM
Beat me to it Kirk ;)

07-20-2007, 02:10 AM
Thanks Kirk, well done! Vermeer is one of my favorite artists!! I have many books on him as well as Rembrandt and a couple on David Leffel

07-20-2007, 02:40 AM
Being an artist I like Vermeer as well, but in comparing this to Vermeer, the face is still lacking. Vermeer had illumination on the face he painted. The face here is in shadow and would in my opinion score as a competition better and look outstanding with work done on the face to bring it out more.

07-20-2007, 03:24 AM
thanks Cheri, this is in now way an attempt to compare to Vermeer. In the actual file, her face is a tad brighter, but I can see here the whole image is darker... strange.... I will repost soon. thanks again

07-20-2007, 03:33 AM
It is very similar. I look forward to seeing the re-worked image.