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05-13-2003, 04:00 PM
I liked this different angle from which to view Niagra Falls. It is from a photo by lexiashea in the RIL. It is 5"x7" on 140 lb. Canson cold-pressed paper.

Painted this in record time for me, about 2 1/2 hours. It was fun. After I was completely finished, I realized I had the fall on the lower left go right into the corner. Didn't want to fiddle with changing it, but will be more conscious of that in future paintings.

Comments and critiques are invited and welcome.


Had to redo my image post, the first one was only opening up halfway.

05-13-2003, 04:05 PM
Nicely done Sylvia and you're right, it is a different view... Don't you just love it when something almost paints itself? Enjoy your Anniversary Dinner tonight!!!

05-13-2003, 04:07 PM
Beautiful. You can certainly feel the power of the falls.

05-13-2003, 04:46 PM
Great painting Sylvia.......I don't think it hurts the painting any that you have the falls going off in the corner

Strawberry Wine
05-13-2003, 04:48 PM
Hi Sylvia: Love the powerful water of the falls and the pinks and blues from the sky brought into water.

P.S. Happy Anniversary:)


05-13-2003, 05:18 PM
This is great Sylvia!! I can feel the power of the falls in this painting....such a sudden drop off!! Lots of motion here..and I like the trees in the background.

Congrats on your anniversary!:) :clap:

05-13-2003, 05:30 PM
Great view--great painting!


05-13-2003, 05:41 PM
I can hear the rush of the water and feel the mist. It's a fine painting of the falls.


05-13-2003, 06:33 PM
Super painting, Sylvia.

It brings back memories of our trip to Niagra - we were amazed how close you could get to the actual falls.


05-13-2003, 07:25 PM
Oh, Sylvia!!!

You've captured the falls beautifully.... you can SEE the amazing volume of water and feel the power.... well done!!! And it doesn't bother me that they go off the left side.... the colors there are light enough that they really don't lead the eye off the page.:clap: :clap:

05-13-2003, 07:43 PM
Sylvia this is very good, yes I feel the power of the water, and you have achieved great movement in this one-----very well done-----------Alan

05-13-2003, 08:58 PM

A very technically accomplished piece of work, as well as being beautiful to view



05-14-2003, 04:16 AM
Thank you Char, Mary-Ann, Barbara, Gail, Patty, Lyn, Michelle, Doug, Andrea, Alan, and Henry, for taking the time to look at my painting and comment so kindly.

Thanks too for your Anniversary wishes. Coincidentally, this is where my husband and I went on our honeymoon. It was very impressive, the sound of the waters rushing over the edge goes all through you because you can get so close, as Doug said.

lyn lynch
05-14-2003, 04:28 AM
Well, Sylvia, small wonder this went together so well and so quickly! Painting a good memory on the day of your anniversary--you old softie! LOL

This is lovely work...I like it just like everyone else does. If the corner bothers you, just mat it up 1/2" and the edge won't go off the corner.

05-14-2003, 04:36 AM
Really superb, Sylvia!!!!!

Agree with Auntie, if corner bothers you just bring the mat in a little and you have solved problem. I don't mind it though :)

I notice it's postcard size - does that mean you aren't keeping it??? :eek:


05-14-2003, 07:05 AM
Auntie, LOL! It was my subconscious at work. I had this in my Favorites File for a while now, but yesterday I just felt the urge to paint it. Thanks for your nice words.

Ruth, It is winging its way as we speak to one of the Postcard Project participants. ;) I'm down to the last 3 cards to do. (I'm looking forward to receiving one of yours too, they've been so good.) Thanks for looking at my Falls and commenting.

05-14-2003, 07:15 AM
Sylvia - this is beautiful. The colors are simply wonderful. I guess I'll have to go to niagra falls at some point now.. heheh :D

05-14-2003, 07:26 AM
Originally posted by painterbear
(I'm looking forward to receiving one of yours too, they've been so good.)

I'm getting there!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Started something a bit different this morning, decided to do the grocery shopping online when I realised my shoulder was playing up :( Silver lining means I get to paint :D ;)


05-14-2003, 07:58 AM
Feels like I am standing there listening to the roar and feeling the mist that comes off it in my face. Well done!!!!!

PS: tsk, tsk, Painting the Canadian side!!!! LOL

05-14-2003, 08:01 AM
Just terrific! How did you manage to keep all those bright whites in place! Excellent work........

05-14-2003, 08:28 AM
Sylvia, this is really so good. All those colors in the falls and the rushing water... and all this on a postcard! WOW.
(The corner does not bother me at all, BTW)


05-14-2003, 08:41 AM
Syl, excellent job!! The movement and fall of the "falls" is spot on. Colors are great too!! :clap: :clap:

05-14-2003, 08:51 AM
Lucious colors! You did well on this waterfall.

Little Old Lady
05-14-2003, 08:55 AM
Great falls! Was there a couple of years ago. Have to dig out my photos.

05-14-2003, 09:25 AM
Nicely done Sylvia...

05-14-2003, 05:20 PM
Thank you for your kindly words for my waterfall, Uschi, Olga, Annetta, BettyBoop, JoAnn, and els.

Sarah, I recommend a visit to the Falls. It is an awesome sight AND sound show by Mother Nature. My daughter and her husband go there to visit the casinos (they weren't there when my husband and I visited Niagra many years ago).

Joel--I painted around the whites, no miskit. I used a series of washes for the falls, gradually building the color and foam. In addition to the green, there is cobalt blue and alizirin crimson in the water.

Ruth, I didn't mean to nag, you had mentioned once you lost your tally sheet of who you had sent cards to so it was just a little hint. ;)