Sweet Sixteen part 3

Third iteration–one wash and two paint layers

The lily pads amazingly enough still look like they’re sort of “flying” over the background. I was hoping to keep that effect rather than having them blend into the surface texture like the previous paintings in this series have portrayed them. There are probably a couple of more layers to go–I need to get more variation in the values (contrast) and also change the color of the pads a bit, nothing radical.

It’s kind of unfortunate that photographs don’t do most paintings much justice. This one is a lot more luminous and blended than it appears here. Also a lot of my paintings only have their best effect when viewed from a distance. This one is no exception. Maybe someone can invent a “make your blog post painting look far away” effect…LOL!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to Sweet Sixteen part 3

  1. Emma Cownie says:

    Yes, they are certainly floating beautifully. It’s funny how some artwork can be difficult to capture in a photograph. Actually, I think that all artwork is better in real life.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      For sure! Every time I go to a museum and see the real thing after having previously seen it, for example, in an art history book, I’m amazed at how much better the real thing is!


  2. anne leueen says:

    I think they look wonderful. They do have a sort of ethereal quality about them, perhaps floating, perhaps flying. Nice!

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  3. Nancy Powers says:

    Beautiful and I love the more vivid colors. I agree that they appear to be both floating and flying. There is nothing like seeing art “in person”. We do the best we can with our cameras. Once I took a painting of Tuck’s to a professional art photographer $$$. Even with all their experience, skill and proper lighting, there was little difference from my own iphone photo!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Sad but true, re the $$$ photographer! There’s just no easy way to capture the lambent (look that one up LOL) quality of paint, especially transparent oil paint. Looking at photos of stained glass windows, the issue becomes even more apparent. Slides were about the only thing that came close, and who does those anymore??


  4. Jan says:

    Ali – so ethereal… and each is more powerful than the last…

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  5. They are gorgeous on here.

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  6. Every time I see artwork in real life, I’m usually blown away. Computer screens simply don’t do them justice. I’m no help in making it look “far away” 🙂 Unless you take a shot of each piece actually hanging on a wall, with some “real life” around the edges for reference. Only, that leaves out the details of the art of course…


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