Monday, March 31, 2008

I can't seem to post my art??

Ok ladies,

I guess there's a first time for everything. I can't seem to post any images on here. I tried it through internet explorer but no go. The window just doesn't open up. I can't figure it out but will try again later tonight. Not that I got much done on my oil painting but I actually wanted your thoughts on what the reflection should look like on the glass of the tortoise's tank, argh!! Oh with regard to the Dominican College job no word yet. I'm still hopeful I'll get to teach at least one course. They were interviewing two more people this week so I guess I'll find out soon enough. I spent alot of this weekend writing up my overview for the workshop I'm going to teach on how to create and moderate an online critique group for the local arts council here. Who knew this would turn into some kind of paying position!!!! Welcome Sherry, officially that is, your stuff looks marvelous!
Update later this evening: I was finally able to upload this piece. I know it doesn't look much different than the last time but I'm kind of stumped as to how to incorporate the "glass". I've barely put in some reflection just with photoshop so I could get an idea of what it would look like when I go ahaed and put it down in oil. Blah, blah blah. I'm rambling now. I have to hit the hay. Let me know your thoughts.


  1. Giselle, I think the idea of the glass is there already with the subtle wash over the boy's face. If you do much more you could wipe out all those weeks of work. Maybe just another hint over the elbow would work. At this point I say it is finished and fabulous!

  2. Thank you so much Giselle for the wonderful words about my art! I can totally tell you that the feeling is mutual. You are a fabulous artist.

    The glass. . .I am like Ginger I would hate to take the piece to a point that you felt like you had over done it. When I work traditionally I do have a tendency to overwork. But I am not as experienced in traditional as you are. . .so. . .

    But since you know Photoshop you could play a bit more in there before you take it to the real painting. A minor thing that you could try would be to make the lines of the glass more visible where the glass meets the upper band. Show the depth of the glass inside that band. Glass is a bit like water, it reflects and so you could add a bit of light green on the glass for the turtle reflection and the boys arm. . .just a hint.

    Love that turtles face! He is perfect!

  3. When I said "add a bit of light green to the glass for the turtles reflection and the boys arm," I meant green for the turtle and flesh colored for the boy. But I am sure you knew that.

  4. Hi Giselle,
    This is truley a beautiful piece! I agree that too many refelctions would take away from thier expressions. I actually think the child's hand and arm inside the tank could be a bit more defined and come up to the same level of saturation as Samson since those are the two foreground items. I don't know saturation is the word- intensity?
    Anyway, I love it!

  5. Hi Giselle,
    Don't you just love photoshop?
    I like how you're playing with reflection before putting it down in oil, and so far, you've got a great start. I think defining the top of the tank will help tremendously and I would play around with adding a small or a little warping of the images, here and there on the computer -what have you got to loose?
    Another idea would be to either set up still life at home, with either a clear glass bowl or tank, (play around with lighting), or go to your favorite pet store and study, really take a look at how reflection works on glass tanks. You may want to take some pictures as well. Just food for thought.
    Do you remember the Featured Artist image that was on SCBWI's site a few months ago -the one with the red headed girl looking through a fish bowl? Not only did she do a great job on reflection, but, she also 'warped' the images through the glass- which really worked well. More food for thought.
    Hope this helps - and I think you've got a great grasp on this - good luck and have fun - oh, and good luck with the college job -and congrats on the critique class!
    Toodles for now, Chris

  6. Hi Ginger,

    The reflection highlights you put in that look like they go under his hand work really well. I wouldn't add too much more than that, especially not over his face. I think if you just play with the saturation of color on the areas that are not behind glass it would really pop. It already reads as glass so you really don't need much else. Maybe just some brighter highlights on his arm and darkening the shadows of the rocks in the tank and it will look perfect. I'm guessing you taught your workshop this week? I hope it went well, I'm sure it did! And good luck with the teaching position!


  7. It is beautiful! There is such a wonderful sense of joy and the tones and colors you've worked it in are perfect. You must be very excited with it as it is now. The turtle is perfect too. I can't see anything to change. I am amazed at the change and the way you worked out the steps in this painting. It was well worth all the steps in your new way of working. Are you going to do it this way from now on? Nice skin tones, hair and eyes too. Love the green in the turtle. You have accomplished much in avoiding the scary greens of oils that sometimes occur.