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Art Critics Sought

By brian1208
I took a rather boring print of low tide at Keyhaven and spent some time doing some "Art Work" on it.

I liked the resulting image and my "local critic" approved as well.

It printed up beautifully but that's when the debate started - what colour mount should it have?

So - if anyone would like to help with the decision please look at this and let me know what you think. Suggestions regarding a suitable frame style would help too. (This is the best compromise we have come up with - so far)

Tags: Morning Digital manipulation Boats Coast Digitally manipulated Low tide Hampshire Keyhaven harbour Watercolour effect

Voters: geranium, Glostopcat, Briwooly and 16 more

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geranium 17 32 1 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 12:05PM
The brighter blue of the border doesn't work with the deeper blue in your picture. In the Mods I have used a plum colour (from the horizontal quayside) to try and complement the warmth that you already have in this shot.

See what you think.

draxwayze 19 74
14 May 2006 12:16PM
Forget the border for the moment. The picture is a little busy, and an artist would just suggest most of the boats in the background. Also Aerial perspective would be used, so you have 'misty' background, a darker middle and detailed foreground. But it's a nice scene, which would look better with a different coloured border. Most watercolours are mounted under cream or off-white mounts. Hope this helps.
rania 18 1
14 May 2006 12:42PM
Great art work! Smile
The blue border overpowers the picture...I think I'd try something more subtle in an golden hue to reflect the evening light.
KathyW 18 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
14 May 2006 12:46PM
I like the watercolour effect you've created, but I agree with comments about the border. Cream or beige would look good I think.
VintageRed 16 15 1 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 12:49PM
I like the impressionistic style. I like the debate you've started re: border colour. I'd probably side with the cream / off white corner. Nick.
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
14 May 2006 1:19PM
border is to bold in colour and size, but nice effect

Brian_B 16
14 May 2006 1:53PM
Nice lighting in this picture. The border does not work for me, to bold.

BillS 16 27 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 11:27PM
Too busy for my taste and as previously said the border doesn't help.
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
15 May 2006 5:09AM
Caught my eye Brian.

brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2006 11:10AM
Thanks for all your input and modifications.

It looks as if the majority vote is for my usual Antique White Textured mount then Smile Although I do like your Plum mount effect Bev.

Just got to sort the fame now.
thorn 17 124 2 Scotland
21 May 2006 12:11PM
Hi Brian I would break up the colour with maybe after .2 of the colour do .1 gold like the sand then the rest with the first colour,use accented edges and leave it plain and simple.Hope this helps.It should work with any colours, i like Bev's plum colour or white as an idea for the main colour of frame.Your photograph is brilliant,top class composition.Good luck with it.Take care.AnnSmile
PatriciaWilson 18 617 58 Greece
17 Jun 2006 6:48AM
Delightful capture with great colours, Brian.

When I'm mounting I have half a dozen mats and see which enhances the image the most.
Usually I find dark adds drama, light adds space, and a slightly lighter than middle tone gives the impression of a larger picture.

Hope that helps Smile
brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2006 7:02AM
Thanks Ann and Patricia (sorry I missed your comment earlier Ann).

I ended up framing it in an Antique White Textured mount and a wide, light wood frame.

It should be hung in about 3 weeks, along with my two recent boat pics, so I'll see what the "punters" make of it Smile

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