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Cropping Cherries

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“Pitchers with Cherry Trio” 12 x 12″ oil on Masonite panel $125

I set up this still life (without the cherries) for my students to practice painting glass, metal, ceramic and drapery. It was tough! and I struggled right along with them. Later, I decided to see if I could make it into something more by adding the cherries for some pizazz, but the composition was still floating in a sea of blue; I felt it needed to be cropped down to a smaller size. Fortunately, since it is painted on panel, I have the option of doing that. I thought you might be interested in the thought process:

Here’s the original.

A little too tight..

maybe this is better?

What if I crop a cherry for more tension…

and add some air to the top?

This is what I decided on, but I won’t be able to cut it down until it is totally dry so …

if you like one of the other versions better and want to buy this painting cropped (or not) the way you like it, just let me know.

How’s that for interactive art?

2 Responses to “Cropping Cherries”

  1. Anonymous
    March 26, 2008 at 5:45 am

    HI Leslie

    I love the metal. It never occurred to me that painting a reflective surface would be challenging. Now I see…


  2. Anonymous
    March 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    “This Person” just had the same problem as before, so this is a second try. What I like most about your blog is the thought process you share with your viewers. The cherries make the composition much more interesting,although I’d have trouble seeing the nuances on some versions. I can see that the “too tight” one is definitely that, though.

    Your big sis

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