Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Quandary

5" X 7" pen and ink

I've just finished this drawing as a 70th birthday present. Can you see the 70? (Tom says it's a stretch!) I was inspired by watching a documentary about Alan Magee, the Maine artist who paints incredible trompe l'oeil beach stones. Here's one:

Stone Triptych

by Alan Magee

66" X 98" acrylic on canvas

But now I'm in a quandary. I've been turning my drawing around and around, and wondering if it doesn't make a better composition upside-down, with the shadows beneath the objects and all of them pointing upwards. Of course I lose the 70 motif, but maybe it's not strong enough anyways. How does it look like this?

Or maybe sideways, like this?

What do you all think? I'd love to hear your opinions. I have a week to make up my mind.


Dozer and Coop said...

Well we have to agree - it is a bit of a stretch for the "70" but it is there. We like the horizontal version as a still life. But then we like everything you do so don't listen to us!

Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi leslie!
oh how cool! i love how you can turn it and it changes so much!
i think i like the last hortizontal perspective the best!
i will miss you while i am gone next week.