Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Friday, January 21, 2011

SYCAMORE LEAVES - 3 - HELP!

Well, I have finished the leaves - but now am thinking about the background.  Which I don't want to work on until I decide which way to hang it - and I need help with that - from YOU!  (Yes, I'm talking to you there behind that computer screen!)
So . . . here are all 4 ways -
Leaves 1


Leaves 2



Leaves 3


Leaves 4
Let me know which you like best so I can get this thing finished!!!!

21 comments:

Gaylynn said...

I lean toward #4. It keeps the shadowing in the right places and the flow is pleasing.

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

#3 seems most pleasing to my eyes! Good luck!

jyothisethu said...

Hi Deb,

I liked it from all sides...
But as you asked, i scrolled up and down many times and concluded that I would choose the second one...
It is upwards and left which symbolizes progress...

the present background is ok...
Or do something which is light...

RH Carpenter said...

I almost always prefer a diagonal from lower left to upper right but, in this case, I fell in love with No. 3!!! Beautiful, Deb. And what are you thinking to finish it off and fill that white space?

Christiane Kingsley said...

Deb, I would go for leaves 3. There is no rational reason for this choice - I looked quickly at all 4 versions, and my eyes were automatically drawn to this one. However, I think any of these four would work:-)
Does this help?

Diana said...

Hi Deb, I like the Leaves 4. I for some reason can't see the first one. Sometimes it's like this with blogger lately for me. but I love them all, But I'd go with the #4 and do a very dark background varying some of the colors which will make them pop even more. Gorgeous!! take care, Diana

Ruth S Harris said...

The fourth makes more sense than the other three. Lovely work!

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

I like better the 4th one Deb, looking forward to the next step

Carolyn A. Pappas said...

I prefer the landscape orientation and number 2 looks like it is upside down and kind of awkward. I prefer #4. It seems the most dymanic to me.

Lisa Walsh said...

To my eyes, 3 has the best flow, followed by 2, then 1 then 4. Beautiful work, Deb.

debwardart said...

Thanks everyone! I've got all the "votes" tallied and taped to my desk - I'll wait for a few more before I make any changes!
p.s. to Carolyn - BUY DANIEL SMITH paints - they are THE BEST!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I like leave #2 or #4.

Katie said...

These are stunning, I prefer the orientation in #3. Just my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

I liked #3 best as it seemed a more natural flow. I wonder if preference depends on whether you are right or left handed? I'm right handed, so leaves flowing right works for me. ;-D

Carol Blackburn said...

I think #3 wins out over the others ways. Something about the leaves cascading down from the left catches my eye and is more appealing to me.

Vicki Greene said...

I am way behind on blogging and by now it is a bit late to vote but I do want to say that the leaves are BEAUTIFUL. I love sycamore leaves. My favorite orientations are 3 or 4.

Nancy Goldman said...

I like #3 and #4 the best. I think #3 is probably my favorite though because of the vertical orientation.

debwardart said...

Thanks again - by my tally #3 wins over #4 9-8. I won't be getting to this immediately, so if I get any more votes those numbers may change before I'm able to finish the painting.

Karen said...

three is my favourite

CountryDreaming said...

Latecomer here, I prefer #3 as well. Yay team! :-)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Another late comer - No: 4 please without any doubt.