Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sharpen the Focal Point, Soften the Rest



I finally finished two of the pieces I started in the Eric Weigardt workshop. One of the lessons in the class was to keep the detail work limited to the focal point and soften the edges on everything else. Easier said than done if you're a detail person like me. Carol Marine mentioned this also on her post this week saying that her brain would fight her when trying to soften edges that would detract from the focus on the main image. This is a constant challenge for me. But when it works, its wonderful. These pieces are so much looser than my normal work, but I really like the outcome. They are available framed for $1800 each on my website http://www.DianeMorganPaints.com

8 comments:

Sheila said...

Very beautiful! I do love the looseness of both these paintings. It allows me to fill in the blanks however I want!

Diane Morgan said...

Thanks, Sheila. This was a real challenge for me, but very rewarding.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

The looseness in both paintings are beautiful.
Is this old city Jerusalem?

Diane Morgan said...

Thanks, Irit. No, it's Barcelona, and the seascape is Uruguay.

Edward Burton said...

They're beautiful, Diane! Great job.

Diane Morgan said...

Thank you Ed. From a master that means alot.

L.Holm said...

These are lovely, Diane. It is a challenge letting go of those edges! You were successful.

Diane Morgan said...

Thanks Liz. It's particularly difficult for me. I rarely do landscapes as I want to paint every blade of grass.