Undesignated Direction

Which way up?  A painting with subject matter like this could go any which way.  Which do you prefer?  By the time this post goes up, the painting will be finished but the way up will still be up in the air…

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This way looks airy and draws attention to the grouping of three in a row.

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No, this doesn’t work. None of them look right side up necessarily, but this one looks upside down for sure.

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I don’t like the movement in this one. Some kind of shuffling dance jerking to the right.  On the bright side, the flower on the left looks quite striking.

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This is right side up according to the original plan. It has the advantage of the light being at the top and all those shadowy stalks moving upwards.

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Using Strong Lines and Contrast

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The powerful colour, contrast and lines in this painting make it quite a striking snow study.  Hooray for those who tried using these elements in their paintings on our Weekend Watercolour course.