Friday, February 15, 2008

Lake Oswego Chronicles piece, day 6

Spent a goodly part of the day working on the LO Chronicles piece. I think I finally figured out why I'm having so much trouble with it. So here's where I am — there's not a lot of excitement going on in the bottom 1/2 of the image, not even after I worked on the flowers quite a bit:



Here's a mockup of where I think I'm headed — adding a robin's nest at the bottom, and adding either lights or snow on the right. I like that the oval shape of the nest picks up the shapes of the fireworks, which have now been underpainted.



I'll probably wait until tomorrow morning before I continue. Here's where it was last I worked on it (wow, 11 days ago!).

On other fronts, my sofa bed ad on craigslist has not received a nibble!

And about that Cat Box Relocation...kitty continued to refuse to use the new and improved box, even after I removed the swing door. So today, I further disturbed the force by switching the locations of the 2 boxes, and now the new box is at the old location and her old box (favoriite?) is at the new location (so I can debug if it's the box or the location). And all day, she has not used either one. I made sure my bed is set up so that if she should decide to use my bed, I could detect it pretty easily! (Would she really do that? See Stupid Human Tricks.)

4 comments:

Bridget B. said...

Interesting . . . I'm sure it looks different in person, but right now, the bottom 1/2 is the most engaging to me, while the upper right-hand side is less so . . . is it seasonal bias on my part? Either way, it's marvelous to watch the progress . . .

Anonymous said...

okay, my opinion is probably not going to meant much to you on this one. Hmm, why do I think so? Anyway, I like the light on the right, but hate the nest. Totally.

Shumei

gl. said...

i see why you chose the shape & the symbol, but why is the the nest on top of the flowers? i like how the snow helps the tree mimic the tree on the other side.

fingerstothebone said...

bridget — That's good to know. It's funny how different people have different reactions.

Shumei — It's hard to imagine robin's eggs in a nest solicit such a reaction! But you'd be happy to know that when I woke up this morning, I mocked up something else and decided to try that first. And if that doesn't work, go back to the nest idea; although my nest idea is to actually build a nest from strips of paper so it's somewhat 3 dimensional.

gl — Because I wanted to cover up the flowers? I'm very unhappy with the flowers right now. The basic problem for me is that there's really nothing to hang on to on the bottom of the piece. Although I think changing the hue of the 'grass' across the width would help a lot, and also darkening it, so I'm going to try that first.

But in either case, the reflection of the tree in winter on the right is a tree in fall on the left, so why not have a bird's nest in the flower bushes?