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01-15-2013, 11:14 PM
This one actually has the river in it; at least a part of it anyway. I thought I'd post some steps along the way to where I am tonight. It's going much slower than the last painting which surprised me. It's the same size, paper and pastels as always. C&C welcome. Thanks for looking.





01-16-2013, 12:01 PM
Ed, it's nice to see your progression with this paintings. You have such a wide variety of colors on those rocks. They look great. The rocks rock and so does this painting.

01-16-2013, 09:34 PM
Thanks so much for showing the painting in progress! Watch one thing...the rocks seem to be lining up in vertical rows. Can't wait to see the outcome on this one!

01-16-2013, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the comments, Sammy and Carly. I see what you mean, Carly, but it doesn't seem very glaring to me. I had to look a few times before I found what you were referring to. I don't think I'll be doing any rock moving. I have watch that I don't injure my back. Here's an update for tonight. I worked on the water at the top, filled in some of the foreground submerged rocks, and did a bit on the exposed ones. There will be more blue highlights in the foreground that will wait until near the finish.


01-16-2013, 10:38 PM
Love how much movement you achieved in the water. I can see how the highlights will lead the eye thru the painting.

I actually moved rocks today at my house! When I bought the house there were a lot of big rocks around the perimeter. I learned that they are ballast rocks from the ships that used to come from Europe/Spain/etc. Can no longer take them from the barrier islands but many were used in landscaping in our town during the early 1900's. I happen to be very lucky with so many around my home!

01-17-2013, 12:28 AM
Lovely! I find myself jumping from rock to rock like a frog :)

01-17-2013, 04:13 AM
Great to see the progress pictures. Lovely scene - the flowing water is great and the colours in the rocks are just beautiful.

Pat Isaac
01-17-2013, 08:59 AM
Thanks for the progression images, Ed. This is coming along just fine and the rocks are nicely done.


01-17-2013, 11:45 AM
Very nice work Ed!!!

01-20-2013, 10:58 PM
Thanks for the continued interest, Michelle, Pat, Helen, Marcus, and Carly. I need the encouragement. It's going along slowly....I knew it would. As usual, I'm getting lost in every shadow, pebble and bird dropping! Thanks for looking.


Pat Isaac
01-21-2013, 08:49 AM
Slowly or not it is looking good. I do like the colors of the rocks.


01-21-2013, 11:48 AM
This is amazing. I'm loving the character of each rock. You have done a great job.
BTW I loved the last two as well, but am always checking on my iphone and it will never let me sign in to comment. Sorry 'bout that.

Keep it up.


01-21-2013, 03:29 PM
Hey Ed, this is really cool! I loved being able to watch the progress on your painting.

Really challenging work and your results show tremendous skill. Fantastic rocks, from colors to textures and love the water and movement (smart planning to use the highlights moving your viewer).

This is a neat painting.

01-21-2013, 04:55 PM
Hi Ed,
This looks really cool. Don't overwork it :)

01-25-2013, 10:41 PM
Pat, Mark, Tali and Mary...thanks. I think I've reached a stopping point so this is pretty much the final painting. I'm not real happy with the brightness (or lack there of) of the water highlights on the right. They also need some thinning, but I may just say "uncle." C&C still welcome since I'll wait a couple of days before framing.


01-25-2013, 10:45 PM
Ed this is just a brilliant piece, truly fantastic to look at. The crevices w/darks and lights in the rocks are soooooo good!!! The water reflections turned out great - I think the highlights turned out good and also like how some of the rocks look a bit wet.

Framing will truly give this piece the final icing on the cake, so to speak. Congratulations!

Pat Isaac
01-26-2013, 08:35 AM
Excellent, Ed. I like how the water seeps in through the rocks.


01-26-2013, 09:35 AM
Ed, IMHO this is a beautiful painting. You've used so many colors on the rocks - warm, cool and neutral. The wet areas of the rocks are very dark as they should be. The colors of the water among the rocks are perfect, indicating rocks beneath. The more distant water shows movement. Well done.

01-26-2013, 01:03 PM
This looks really real! Great job!

01-28-2013, 09:02 PM
Terrific job. Love the water movement and the multiple colours in the rocks.:thumbsup: