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08 August 2005, 01:38 PM
I'm trying to decide how to wrap up this painting, and I'm trying to choose between having foliage in various positions, or not having foliage at all. Let me know what you prefer.

1) Without foliage

2) With foliage on top and bottom.

3) With foliage on top only.

4) With foliage on bottom only.

08 August 2005, 01:47 PM
i prefer it with foliage it gives to the picture more depth and a bit of extra colour. I would go for top and bottom foliage. Nice painting!

08 August 2005, 01:55 PM
I agree, foliage is good. :D I would think that top and bottom would be best, but maybe bring the vines down a bit longer behind the man to frame them a bit more.

I'm so glad you decided to finish off this painting. Nice work!


08 August 2005, 02:03 PM
I prefer it with foliage on top and bottom. It frames the lovers very well. I like the plant in the bottom but wonder how high is this balcony? Would a strong tree branch be proof that he climbed and risked himself to steal a kiss? An element of drama. Beautiful work. Thank you for inspiring me.

08 August 2005, 02:08 PM
isn't this like an ooooold pic ?


08 August 2005, 02:37 PM
I'm liking the foliage on top and bottom, though I rather partial to it, seeing as I always seem to try and do just that when taking photos (ie. look for interesting framing).

And yeah, I seem to remember this from when I used to visit Sijun regularly. which was quite some time back.

08 August 2005, 04:14 PM
Go with the top and bottom foliage, gives it more depth!:thumbsup:

08 August 2005, 04:49 PM
Have you thought about side foliage? Ivy does tend to climb up...?

08 August 2005, 06:40 PM
Beautiful piece. I vote for full foliage.

08 August 2005, 07:32 PM
It is good to see you post your stuff here.

08 August 2005, 09:05 PM
My preference is for no foliage.

By the shape of the plant, the lower foliage looks like a small plant from a garden. It gives the sense that the window is close to the ground. Having the above foliage stretch from the left to the right side of the painting draws my eyes in that pattern and away from the two lovers. Also, I don't know why the tree (willow?) branches would be that close to the building.

I suggest introducing the shadow of leaves cast on the wall in the top right of the painting.

08 August 2005, 03:38 AM
Thanks for the suggestions! They are very helpful. Keep them coming.

I started this piece a whild ago, but it was never finished. I had posted it as WIP in the past asking for opinions, that's why you've seen it before. Now I'm going to finish it.

08 August 2005, 01:59 AM
I vote for either no foliage, or only the top. The plant on the bottom keeps pulling my eyes down away from them. The one without the foliage makes me think of some city, all bustling and grown up tall. And the one with the foliage on top makes me think of some country estate, with some stodgy disapproving father.

08 August 2005, 02:22 AM
The finished version is here:

I kept both foliage, but I significantly darkened the bottom one so that it doesn't steal attention away from the focus.

Whether it looks like he's climbing a tall building isn't important to me--it's the atmosphere of romance that I'm after. The balcony could also have an extended rim around its bottom with plants for decoration if it's a very posh apartment, it can still be a tall building. It's most likely a suite on the roof.

08 August 2005, 04:14 PM
I guess I am a discenting voice. I prefer the image without the foliage. My reason is that the foliage in the image looks like a low lying shrub or something, which makes me interpet the suitor as being close to the ground.

Without the foliage, the suitor appears to be on a balcony up high - it adds to the drama, and sense of risk in the interlude (the guy could be risking his neck from falling - as well as by being discovered by the womans kin/husband )

If the foliage was more vertical in orientation, I think it would add to the story - could become a prop for the suitor - like he climbed up the tree/whatever, or that the tree could give the viewer a sense of this guy being at a consderable height.

just my 2 cents


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