|10x10 pastel and watercolor on Uart (original size)|
Same painting, above has the crop, below is the original. It is amazing to me how much it changes. The top version is all about the color of the day and the way the sky moves. The square format of the bottom one changes the tension (which doesn't work) and the red buds on the maple in front adds a whole different dynamic. I could tear it apart forever instead I will summarize. (Actually neither painting works.)
Two good lessons-
*Your format is your first important decision, don't blow it here!
*When you decide your concept- stick to it. I have two divas in the bottom one and they are fighting. If sky is the focus don't let the water or trees get the spot light- divided focus is BAD.
To see some excellent use of cropping (something I rarely do, but maybe should investigate more), visit Barbara Newton's blog post"the cropping queen". After you visit the "cropping queen post" make sure to see the follow up (newer) posts. If you have never visited her site you are in for a real treat!
So now that I am completely warmed up, back to painting.