Looks fantastic to me!I love the way you handled the background. And the foreground. And the middle ground.
Hey thanks. I feel like the only place for the eye to rest is the blue vertical space on the left. My favorite area!
I like the tonal values you have achieved, the plant really stands out from the background. However, I do find the background distracting - sorry. I look forward to seeing your new ideas on how to tackle it.
Nice commentary along with it. Mahler Ryder drawing teacher extrodinaire at RISD when I was there impressed me with adage "if you're going to bomb...BOMB BIG!" He also would say if I was turning paper over to begin again, "what makes you think you're going to get any luckier on that side Barr?" You're right- the blue on left is eye rest, but so are the flowers resonating with that, and you know? so is the invisible "potato" that oval in front left - Magical.
Thanks Sue and Candy Barr. I really appreciate your observations and comments. I have always found my redos different, not better. And the potato? Candy, I agree.
I love it! It has really good contrast and depth to it! You didn't beat it to a pulp, you lost yourself in it's creation... It's wonderful!
Thanks so much for your comments Katerine. And Lisbeth too. (lisbeth's didn't show up). I learned somethings, and when that happens, it's a success. Lisbeth, my eye is really attracted to patterns. Makes picture making a rather laborious process! Oh well.