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David Acres
12-25-2000, 01:50 AM
Pastel on 12 x 16 inch acid free sketch pad paper. Approx 8 hours so far.

The reference pic has tiny yachts & tiny ppl on the beach. I don't think I can get a pastel edge to appear thin enough. Roan's given me an idea to use pastel pencils.
I kinda like it for it's natural beauty, but do you think the human ants & their toys would enhance it? Or is it finished? Any opinions or critique are much appreciated! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Rod
12-25-2000, 03:23 AM
A lovely scene ,well done.
I like the natural beauty , all if anything that I would add is possibly one sole person walking along the beach. Distant hills could be a bit weaker in tone and more bluey,thats being picky,
Rod


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glowbug
12-25-2000, 03:51 AM
beautiful! only a seagull or two or three should be flying in that air..on the left
What a happy picture! Merry Xmas!

arteitaliana
12-25-2000, 03:17 PM
I like the tranparency of the water and the athmospheric quality of this painting. I wouldn't add a thing. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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TeAnne
12-25-2000, 05:24 PM
I like as is too. You did a good job on this one. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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sassybird
12-25-2000, 06:13 PM
I like what you have done with the whole shore line, David. It is very rich. I agree with rod about the distant hills. If you soften them a bit they will look more natural and also draw the view into the piece more. A fine job on this one.

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Roan
12-25-2000, 07:48 PM
Damn, but you are getting handy with those pastels, David!

Nice work!

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taghera
12-25-2000, 10:12 PM
Nice job David, just a figure on the beach would set it off.

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JaneS
12-25-2000, 10:14 PM
I painted a theatre set for South Pacific last spring.... this was EXACTLY the setting I imagined and painted. IMO ..no need for toys at all, and also IMO... you are done! I can NOT stop looking at this, and I don't feel anything is lacking at all. Very wonderful as is. ---Jane

David Acres
12-25-2000, 11:34 PM
Distant hills could be a bit weaker in tone and more bluey,thats being picky,

Rod...You are quite right, they need that! Thanks heaps! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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beautiful! only a seagull or two or three should be flying in that air..

I might just replicate it & have a go at adding seagulls & ants when I get some pastel pencils this week! Thanks Glowbug! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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I like the tranparency of the water and the athmospheric quality of this painting. I wouldn't add a thing.

Thanks heaps Rita! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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I like as is too. You did a good job on this one. Merci TeAnne! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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A fine job on this one.

sass... Thanks Sass!


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Damn, but you are getting handy with those pastels, David!
Nice work!

Roan... Thanks! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Hey I LOVE pastels! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif It feels like I was made for this medium! Now I need some more colors & different paper! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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Nice job David, just a figure on the beach would set it off.
Taghera...Thanks! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Next one I'll give it the works! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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I painted a theatre set for South Pacific last spring.... this was EXACTLY the setting I imagined and painted. ---Jane

WOW Jane! FREAKY! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Glen Close just produced a cable movie of South Pacific here, right on this beach! They filmed from this lookout point also!


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bruin70
12-26-2000, 02:17 AM
it's hard to tell what the perspective is on this scene. i think you're sitting high over the beach but the leaves on the far right are too large to show the distance i think you're looking for. there's too much detail there. the detail should be relegated to the near flora.

also, the horizon on the far left shouyld be raised a bit,,,,just a tad above the baseline of the mountain....{M}

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David Acres
12-26-2000, 02:39 AM
OK good points, thanks Milt! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Dave Acres...
Merely a student of life!:)

'The artist is no more than a receptacle for sensations, a brain, a recording apparatus. But if it interferes, if it dares, feeble apparatus that it is, to deliberately intervene in what it should be translating, its own pettiness gets into the picture. The work becomes inferior.... Paul Cezanne...

billyg
12-26-2000, 03:02 AM
If you look at those suggestions David, I reckon she'll be a cracker.
Billyg

jerryW
12-26-2000, 08:33 AM
I don't know where my comment went on this item. I had been so eloquent. maybe I closed the window during the reply?
anyway, I like this painting tremendously as it is.
I find the textures work with the details which work with the overall feeling of the piece.
Familiar stuff is happenning all over the beach and in the water.
That the landform on the horizon looks a bit like a finger is a great touch as well. I'd leave it and use it as a model guiding future work.

bruin70
12-26-2000, 02:27 PM
david...one last thing. the arc of the distant flora by the beach should be similiar to the arc of the shore. that is,,,,in perspective, the SWEEP of the arc is bigger in the fore and middle ground and less curving in the distance. you have it right with the water. the arc is minute in the distance, and it's bigger as it approaches the foreground. with the flora, however, you show a big arc in the distance, when it should be bigger in the foreground on the lower right. ....{M}

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figgby
12-26-2000, 02:40 PM
what is your focal point.

tammy
01-01-2001, 11:28 PM
I like it the way it is, but I do think that at least one people would enhance it abit.

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MarkL
06-07-2001, 08:52 PM
Port Douglas eh now thats a place ive not been to for a while

Nice job David



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Yax
06-08-2001, 12:16 AM
Very nice, Wouldn't change a thing. Yax http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

GC
06-08-2001, 12:30 AM
I like it just like this.
I think you did a fantastic job on the water the waves the sand the sky the green!
Everything. The colors are so natural.

APPLAUSE

Ginette