AEDM day 13: experimental painting

What do you think? Does this painting work better with a blue foreground, or a red one?

Oil on canvas board, 18 x 24 cm.

I’m open to other suggestions, too. Not really sure where I’m going with this one.

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12 Responses to “AEDM day 13: experimental painting”

  1. xinme says:

    I like the unity created by the red foreground:) Awesome work either way, though:)

    Happy AEDM:)

  2. I like the blue with all it’s lovely texture.
    You’ve inspired me to paint today. :)

  3. EVA says:

    I like the red one but think a little bit of black in the wide expanse might enhance it.

    Beautiful painting!

  4. I like the red best….it gives the scene a surreal feeling that I love.

  5. PS – I *love* the name of your blog!

  6. anne says:

    These are beautiful! I vote for the blue one.

  7. Mlissabeth says:

    I agree with Amanda, I like both the color and texture of the blue. Very nice.

  8. I too like the red best.
    The sky on the blue one seems to be more orange then on the red one though? I think.. that the bit brighter orangy sky with the red foreground would be awesome too.

  9. mark says:

    I’d stick with the red. It flattens the image in a nice way (see Matisse’s Red Studio). You might also consider making the architecture more linear and less brushy, or even having most of the rest of the colors be variations on red. The red sky and plaza just seem to want to submerge the rest of the image, so why not go with it.

  10. expatsagaain says:

    I like the unity of the red also. The blue overtakes the painting to some degree, and draws the eye to it first. Unless that is your intention, I would go with the red.

  11. Jul says:

    Thanks all for the input! I appreciate your thoughtful words.

    Both versions seem to have their backers. I’m going to put this one aside for a couple days and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I’ll post the final version when it’s done.

    @esther – the sky is the same color in both. It’s just my sloppy photography that makes them look a little different. :)

  12. Kevin Sushka says:

    It just makes me realize this is impessionistic.

    I guess art is not a peaceful process.

    All the Best,

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