Friday, June 06, 2008

At the Window

At the Window by Liza Hirst

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
sold - verkauft - vendu


Anonymous said...

Y A A A W N ! Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z! !

Liza Hirst said...

Thanks for your constructive critique, anonymous! Just what I needed.

Candy Barr said...

Great painting Liza (let's forget the idiot who came before!)- with fabulous back lighting. Probably the tip of his head lining up exactly with the window frame may create an unwanted focal point? Tough to alter: more hair or baseball cap, hat, or glasses on head??

Check out another Maine US artist I think you'd like, who does beautiful interiors with similar window views:

Liza Hirst said...

Thank you very much, candy barr, for leaving this kind and uplifting comment!! I agree with what you say about the head lining up etc. and appreciate your suggestions. That was actually the most problematic spot of the painting which I had to alter several times without achieving a satisfying result. The figur was taller at first which didn't look right - then I made it smaller and the man looked like a dwarf, so finally I did it the way it is now. Thanks for giving me some other ideas! I just wasn't imaginative enough and will try out what might work.
Another big thank you for introducing me to the fantastic work of Connie Hayes! You're spot on - I LOVE it! Wow!

Dar Presto said...

I'm certainly not yawning. This is not boring regarding technique. The casement windows are so well done, in line and lighting. The bright blurred exterior sets up the lighting story wonderfully, and subtle temperature changes model the face planes (I think I finally understand that!)

Neither is it boring emotionally/spiritually. What causes this fellow to be indoors on this glorious day? He warms his back in the sunlight, and the window is ajar, so it is not entirely somber, is it? It is a wonderful use of contrasts and contra-jour.
take care,

Liza Hirst said...

I really appreciate that you have taken the time to comment so thoroughly on my painting!And for looking at it so closely! Thank you very much, Dar!