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Phyllis Rennie
05-13-2001, 09:15 PM
Backyard plein air. Oil 16" x 12". Been posting the plein airs in the landscape forum, but thought I'd put this one here for critique.

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Fagan
05-13-2001, 09:38 PM
This has such a nice spring feel to it!! Very nice. I think maybe a little darker under the trees. From what I can tell...the sun is almost directly overhead? I think the shadows will be deeper. I like the color in the flowering crab.

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rsmak
05-14-2001, 01:11 AM
nice and beautiful!
rosanna

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Unni
05-14-2001, 08:08 AM
Nice work Phyllis. Yes indeed, I agree with Fagan. The shadows should be darker, especially the ones visible under the small trees.

Unni

JeanineJ
05-14-2001, 10:19 AM
Ahhh... the lovely outdoors in spring! Also agreeing with Fagan... It helps me to think of treetops as cubes - top, sides, and bottom getting slightly different treatment. I like the 3 + 1 arrangement...

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Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT
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dornberg
05-14-2001, 01:39 PM
i like the various greys

Fig
05-14-2001, 02:37 PM
I like the diffused lighting. Was this an overcast day? The sky would seem to be this way.

Fig

Phyllis Rennie
05-14-2001, 09:13 PM
Thanks everyone! When I went out to paint this the sun was shining but within an hour my husband was saying, "You'd better go in--it's going to rain." I didn't want to stop and come back on another sunny day because I knew that the rain would knock all the blossoms off the trees. It's really fun trying to work fast enough to catch the light before it changes--even if I'm not always successful.

jerryW
05-15-2001, 12:10 AM
oddly satisfying, I think of bonnard when I see it.

David Acres
05-15-2001, 08:57 AM
Very lovely piece Phyllis! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Phyllis Rennie
05-15-2001, 08:18 PM
Thanks, David.

Jeanine, I spent all day at work thinking about trees as cubes! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif And as I was driving home, I kept looking to see if I could "see" them that way. Couldn't. Do you have an example posted that shows this approach???

JeanineJ
05-15-2001, 08:32 PM
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Hope the tree in this illustrates my point???

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Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT
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Phyllis Rennie
05-18-2001, 07:36 PM
Thanks Jeanine! I see what you were talking about now. And I have seen trees that look like that. Guess it was just the word, cube, that confused me. But you know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words". (Nice painting, btw)

JeanineJ
05-20-2001, 12:52 AM
Thank you, Phyllis! Glad this helped... The "cube" idea is useful for cloud formations as well... Also works for the figure...

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Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT
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