Monday, April 13, 2009

"On the Dance Floor"


I painted this from a small "blop" painting and added more of the floor because I wanted to show the dramatic sun-spot from the large window. I'm a bit concerned that I elongated her body a bit too much. What do you think?
11"x14" oil on linen

9 comments:

Honor Martinez said...

This is a time when I wish I had the computer skills to help. Actually, I think the head might be a bit bigger as it is closer. Foreshortening is so difficult. I like the composition and pose. The use of light really sets it off. Perhaps someone with better perspective skills will give better advice.

susan hong-sammons said...

Thanks Honor, I'll try playing with the back of the head because I do want to keep the length.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

From the perspective of an absolute non-expert in figures:
(1) I think the slight elongation makes her look more graceful

(2) You've communicated what I think you wanted to say in the painting - the drama of the sunspot vs. the dancer's relaxed/exhausted pose - does it really matter if she's not anatomically perfect? Not to this viewer! :)

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Deb,
oh good, I did make her head slightly taller but kept her length. I'm glad to hear how you read this piece because it is what I felt too.

Karen said...

I don't think she looks too long at all... I agree with Deborah...even if she's technically "too long", it doesn't look like it in the context of the painting...it adds to the concept.

Jala Pfaff said...

This is really interesting. I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but it looks like a fantasy/children's book sort of illustration to me, rather than realism. But in a very good way! Not "real" but rather beyond real...almost "surreal." Very cool.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Karen, Thanks for the crit!
Hi Jala, love the surreal aspect.

Loriann Signori said...

Susan, She does not look too long, but I must say what strikes me is the light. So I am really not paying attention to the fine points. (that's a good thing)

susan hong-sammons said...

Thank you Loriann, I love the drama of the lighting too which is why I keep painting these models in rooms with very tall slim windows.