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05-12-2013, 10:11 AM
this piece has been close to , but mostly off the easel for a few months .

some things feel unresolved ;
> the light source/direction seems unclear and a result of that is ,
> the reason for the large dark areas is unclear .

also , those areas seem to be a bit too open ...

comments/other thoughts welcome . :)

6x8"w on white canson , my usual N+R combo , and Conte sticks .



05-12-2013, 10:33 AM

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05-12-2013, 10:41 AM
Hi Ed!:wave:

Wow that water is amazing!

05-12-2013, 11:19 AM
I just don't see your areas of "unresolve." It makes perfect sense to me, with the swirls and eddys of rushing water. It's masterful!

05-12-2013, 11:58 AM
looks great to me. pam:clap:

05-12-2013, 12:09 PM
Looks pretty darn good to me Ed. Love it!

05-12-2013, 03:04 PM
Looks good to me too Ed, I love the water! Beautiful work!

05-12-2013, 05:09 PM
thx so much you good folks . :heart:

truth to tell , it's been a few years , just before the ' fit hit the shan ' , so to speak , in my ' timeline ' with this painting ...

anyway , that lump of foam looks pretty good , so ,
what will diffuse the obvious centerpoint ... ?
> then there are textures , colour , yahda yahda ... :rolleyes:
>> make you wanna throw up you hands for mercy ...


05-12-2013, 06:17 PM
Great piece. Absolutely nothing wrong with this.

05-12-2013, 06:35 PM
I think is a very good job ! Your best.

05-12-2013, 07:51 PM
I love it.

05-12-2013, 08:41 PM
I love it too. With that beautiful water the dark area doesn't even draw attention at all.

05-12-2013, 10:40 PM
I love the movement in the water, Ed. The darkness of the area where the water meets the rocks adds mystery to the painting.


pastel lover
05-12-2013, 11:50 PM
I agree with everyone else - this is wonderful work. It makes total sense to me as if a shaft of light is coming through deep foliage & highlighting some areas & throwing others into deep shadows. Love it as is.


05-13-2013, 01:23 AM
Looks great. The water is excellent.

05-24-2013, 02:05 PM
thx Jen .

brought the pic to the local food bank and set on a shelf beside the reception table ... ( ??? )
[ have been on both sides of it ... ]
> sat in a quiet corner of the room and observed .

conclusions :
several people recognized the location , even tho no big landmarks .
only a few recognized it as a pastel - lots of talk about what it might be -
" looks like a photo , but ... " often said , and , ' is it photo_ ? ' :rolleyes:

why ?
public access and response . period .
> kept my yap shut .
>> surprisingly , a few of the volunteers got into conversation with folks coming in about
tech/' art ' stuff ,
and some sharp analysis about design/colour/tweaks from everybody in that ! :cool:

one way to get people involved with art -

not a gallery , fancy restaurant , library ,
( schedule is near forever around here ) ,
paste a decal on the town hall door ...
> wait a minute ? that could be fun ! :eek: :D

those who were interested seemed to enjoy having a chance to talk ,
whoever they are .

that's done . :)


05-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Very brave of you Ed. I'd be terrified someone would come by and say "that's the worst painting I've ever seen," or the like.

Did you end up doing more work on this? I really don't see anything that's "not believable." I like it!

I also liked the Lou Reed, thanks!
:) Kris

Donna T
05-24-2013, 07:02 PM
Well that's a very interesting way to get honest feedback on your work, Ed! It's a very nice painting and it deserves to be shown off in public!

05-25-2013, 11:22 AM
This has a very soft mysterious feel to it to me. I like it. If you added other textures I think it would take away from the beautiful water. The dark areas don't bother me either but if you wanted to charge them with a bit more blue you see in the water it would break them up a bit.. but in my mind they don't need it. Leave it alone... it's beautiful as is.

05-25-2013, 01:30 PM
Hi Ed I have to agree with everyone else it is masterfully done I love it.

05-25-2013, 06:09 PM
thx Kris . :)
- have been tweaking from where things seemed unresolved to me
but maybe not enough to be obvious , or useful , so , no post yet ...

Donna - thx .
there's tons of talent in the nyc metro area .
looking at glossy mags about interior decor has accessories priced in the thousands ...
' appropriate/compatible ' artwork seems to be an ' accessory ' ...
> my curiousity is about most folks , given the difference ,
and a direct way of presenting .
( if one is a ' street painter ' , there are license fees , reviews/approvals , etc. )
the chatter was good to hear b/c of art appreciation !

Christine - the water texture pulls my eye down to the lower half of the frame
so there is stone and also leaf/light in the upper right-hand corner ,
but too much texture might isolate that quarter ...
> the shadow and light are both warm - not so usual .

David - thx !
- hope your local series is doing well for you .