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levanty
01-12-2013, 07:25 AM
Acrylic on Canvas with a black gesso primer.
30 x 40 inches. First comparison (photoo attached).
Approx hours so far: 4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/980793-comparison1.jpg

levanty
01-12-2013, 08:39 PM
Pagoda - JAPAN
Session 2 (approx 3 hours).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/980793-comparison2.jpg

Debzy
01-12-2013, 09:50 PM
YVIE! Happy New Year! Liking this very much so far! Can't wait to see more! Cheers =)) Debs!

levanty
01-13-2013, 08:11 AM
Thank you very much Debs. It's good to hear from you! Happy New Year to you as well (and your lovely students)! I am currently designing memorials for a Facebook page entitled "Rainbow Bridge". It has brought me comfort during this time of grief and mourning. Strangely enough, when I am in emotional pain, I become supernaturally creative. Warm regards, Yvie

levanty
01-21-2013, 10:00 PM
Session 3: added some rocks and touch-ups...
still a long way to go.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2013/980793-JAPAN_session3.jpg

mewbie
01-24-2013, 08:01 AM
wow it's lovely !
so far I like it.. can't wait for the finished painting

levanty
01-25-2013, 02:22 PM
wow it's lovely !
so far I like it.. can't wait for the finished painting

Thank you Mewbie and welcome to the forum. I couldn't help but notice the feline connotation to your name. Are you a cat lover? I haven't been able to get to the painting this week due to a new arrival in our home...a tiny poodle named Shanelle (she's just under 1 pound at 3 months old). As soon as she is potty trained I will hopefully get back to work. Thanks for writing!

levanty
02-02-2013, 02:33 AM
Pagoda
Comparison 3:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2013/980793-comparison3.jpeg

levanty
02-05-2013, 02:49 PM
Pagoda - JAPAN
Session 4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2013/980793-session4.jpg

rossmarie
02-05-2013, 05:52 PM
This looks really good Yvie. The reflections of the rocks are excellent. One thing I noticed is that your reds are more subdued than in the reference photo. Is this intentional to throw more emphasis on the pagoda and reflections or will you increase the intensity of the reds later? I am used to watercolour so acrylic painting is something I know little about.

Mike

levanty
02-05-2013, 06:26 PM
Thanks Mike. The brightness of the tones as a whole will be touched up towards the end. For now I am concentrating on getting the colour where it needs to be. Also, my home lighting and/or camera flash may not be set up as well as the original. These photos are often touched up to enchance effect. In any case, this will all be compared and tweaked before it's completed. Thanks for the observation! Have fun!

levanty
02-08-2013, 08:21 AM
Session 5 - I've added some detail to the garden, put up the tower, some lights and the tree branches. I've also brightened the colour of the Pagoda as well as the bridge. Still have tons to do. Any comments are welcome!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2013/980793-session_5.jpg

levanty
02-08-2013, 08:53 AM
Here is a comparison to date...the lighting and flash adjustments are not as true as I would like but the concept is there. Original on left (of course)!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2013/980793-comp5.jpg

arnieb
02-08-2013, 09:49 AM
Comeing along nicely. Love where your going with the dark water and red reflections. Arnie

levanty
02-08-2013, 05:41 PM
Thanks Arnie!

levanty
02-13-2013, 02:54 PM
It's beginning to feel like music now...repetition, refinement, rehearsal, redo. I'm a little tired of this piece right now as it is getting very technical. I need to enhance from the original as I do not want "blurry" for reflections in the water. I also need to reposition the reflection of the bridge. My original calculations were incorrect. There are measurements and formulas to do. I believe that it is important to take measure of things...beit our blood pressure, our heart rate or the relationship between that which is seen and that which is painted. The original photo does not lend to understanding of the white thing is in the garden. I'm presuming that it is a water fountain. I also want to define the reflection before I "wash" it with dark water. The green masking tape tells me where to stop reflecting in the water. I'm taking a break for the rest of the day. This has been tiresome! Not to say that I didn't enjoy "playing music" - I just need to rest now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2013/980793-session_7.jpg

levanty
02-13-2013, 03:39 PM
I only wish that I could "copy and paste" the bridge refelction, define angles and digitize my work. For now I am bound to recreating this piece with acrylic on canvas. Thanks for looking!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2013/980793-comp7.jpg

Andrewcody
02-13-2013, 11:28 PM
A beautiful Japanese Garden Levanty.
It is not a Pagoda though, perhaps a tea house?
Pagodas in Japan generally have five levels.
Regards
Andrew

arnieb
02-14-2013, 09:05 AM
I agree, think it is a tea house. I remember having afternoon tea in a similar building in Japanese Garden in Sanfrancisco some years ago.

Side by side comparison is very unfair. Its you interpretation of it that we are commenting on. Suggest going round the edges to blurr them a bit - eg bridge and rocks are sharper than ref photo, and keep the tea house/COI sharp. That will make doing the more blury reflections easier + add a ripple or too to break them up a bit.
Hope that helps. Arnie

levanty
02-14-2013, 10:16 AM
Thank you Andrew and Arnie. I'll cut the name down to "JAPAN" since I just finished a piece that I called "GREECE". Blurring the edges of the actual bridge would make it more like the original but that is where I intend to veer off and get creative. I appreciate the "unfairness" of the reference picture beside me and I am no longer bound to it at this point. It's a very small photo and it's impossible to know what is really there. Example, the white thing in the garden. My canvas is 30 x 40 inches so detail is possible...I have just to imagine it! You are lucky to have actually been to one.
Thanks again for the comments...I'll keep you posted.

Andrewcody
02-14-2013, 10:57 PM
Or San-Francisco

levanty
02-15-2013, 06:32 AM
Ha ha Andrew! If I attempt anything entitled San Francisco, I would envision the trolley cars and lots of steep streets though I've never been. Maybe it was that old "Rice-A-Roni" commercial from the 60's. Do you remember that one?

arnieb
02-16-2013, 05:10 AM
I was pleased i got all the letters down, in the correct order. Punctuation and capitalization is a bonus.
As I recall the garden was very large, over looking the bridge. Was also a very large childrens playground there, next to a large housing estate - where we spent an anzious time looking for our eldest child. Arnie

Debzy
02-16-2013, 07:56 AM
Yvie! You are doing wonderful work here my dear friend! I agree, let go of the reference now and use your imagination to fill in the gaps and create your beautiful pagoda/tea house or whatever. You are the artist and you can create anything you want. A photo reproduction is not what most art is about, an impression and a feeling is far more enjoyable to paint and to view. I love this as I have loved all of your work. Make it your interpretation, make it your scene. Go girl. =)) cheers. Your friend Debs. X

levanty
02-19-2013, 02:04 PM
Thanks Debs. I will be getting back to it soon enough and will try to be more creative. I'm still finding it hard to call myself a "painter" since it hasn't even been 2 years since I stumbled into it and with no courses other than what I learn here from you guys... I will try to be less "technical" and try to paint from the heart. Thank you all for your encouragement.

Debzy
02-25-2013, 05:54 AM
You are a painter Yvie and you are an artist! You have presented some magnificent work on this forum including this one and I can't wait to see more! I too find it difficult to call myself an artist as I always see others work being much more artistic than mine. I sell some of my work but still I don't feel like a naturally talented painter. It's weird. I always think my next one might be better and I hope to become more free and creative. Love your work my friend and hope life is treating you well. X cheers. Debs

levanty
02-26-2013, 08:46 PM
Thank you Debs for being so real, so down-to-earth about your feelings and your identifications with being a "painter". There are so many talented individuals out there that it is sometimes hard to find our proper place. Some of my best works (IMHO)were created through hardship and pain. I have been on sick leave since April 2012 and am barely able to leave the house unaccompanied. Today was a milestone day for me. I had a puppy trainer come over for a private session. I did spring cleaning, made lentil soup from scratch, baked banana bread with some desparate bananas and found time to work on the Japan painting. Here is an update for your critique.

Please take the time to give me detailed remarks so that I may press forward from the heart. As you will notice, I have discarded the original photo and am going "by ear" if you will. Thank you for your time and consideration, thank you for being there, for being a friend here and for being your wonderful self!

If anyone else reads this and is inclined to comment, I thank you in advance for your interest! God bless and be joyful!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2013/980793-2013-02-26.jpg

Debzy
02-27-2013, 08:11 AM
Thanks Yvie. I am glad life is getting easier for you and I yam sorry you have been so unwell my friend. I understand where you are coming from when you say your paintings are best when painted during hardship. Our feelings and passion show through our work and sometimes whether we mean to or not the mood we are in depicts the mood of our work. My only crit with this one so far is that the rocks are lined up very straight. I love the colours and the mood and ur reflection is coming along smashing. A little variation from the line of rocks would work better for me but that is only an opinion. I love banana bread and lentils!!!! You go girl !!! Cheers=)) Debs. X

levanty
02-28-2013, 01:54 AM
Thanks Debs. I will work on the rocks so that they look more real. In the meantime I needed to divert from this project and have started a new one. Here is the sketch from Photoshop that I intend to try. I already know that I don't want the text in the painting but something should go in the bottom left corner for smooth eye focus. Let me know if it needs anything else before I begin. I aim to name it Andromeda, our neighboring galaxy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2013/980793-andromeda_815_600x450.jpg

levanty
03-02-2013, 12:49 AM
JAPAN session 9:
Added some layers as I continue to work the rock formation. Blurring some of the reflections to make it more realistic looking. As usual...C & C's are welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2013/980793-2013-03-02.jpg

Debzy
03-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Hi Yvie! The rocks look fabulous now well done! And good luck with Andromeda, what an exciting painting to do! Doesn't look easy either, you never go for easy ones do you my friend! I haven't attempted anything like that or any of yours, I go for simpler scenes. I love your work and can't wait to see how Andromeda comes along. Good luck, I don't know what to advise you with except to say I'm sure whatever you do it will turn out great. Keep us updated and we can help you along if. You need. XXX cheers =)) Debs.

levanty
03-03-2013, 11:35 PM
Session 10: I think that I'm almost done. Your thoughts?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/980793-take_10.jpg

levanty
03-04-2013, 01:20 AM
If I need? Of course I need! Please do help me finish this one! Thank you all soooooooo very much!

rossmarie
03-04-2013, 03:30 PM
Yvie - your patience is amazing....and well rewarded. It looks great. But there is one thing I would do: the roof of the tea house to me looks too overall dead white. Do you think it could do with a few subtle shades here and there? Possibly some VERY pale blues to give variation and a suggestion of the curve to the roof?.

Mike :clap:

levanty
03-04-2013, 04:04 PM
Thank you Mike. I will get to work on the roof now...talk to you soon!

levanty
03-04-2013, 05:16 PM
Shading done. Is it too much or not enough? Thanks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/980793-session_11.jpg

rossmarie
03-04-2013, 05:35 PM
Shading done. Is it too much or not enough? Thanks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/980793-session_11.jpg

That looks spot on! I'd not touch it again. Lovely painting.

Mike :clap:

levanty
03-04-2013, 05:40 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Yeah :clap: :clap: :clap:

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY MUCH.
Andromedia, here I come!:eek:

Debzy
03-04-2013, 07:22 PM
Just amazing Yvie! Absolutely love it. Andromeda here we come, can't wait. X Cheers =)) Debs.