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vac911
05-30-2013, 12:44 AM
Critiques welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2013/102972-1_after_mikel_wintermantel.jpg

AllisonR
05-30-2013, 04:04 AM
There is nothing that draws me into this painting. Squint at it - it is all the same grey level, sky is maybe half a shade lighter. It is also all about the same color. Everything is a muted yellow-green and a bit of very muted red-blues. You don't have to have high contrast, and you don't have to have varied color range, but if you have neither, then it is hard to make the painting strong. Then you must depend on content. And here also it is weak, a basic tree landscape, field straight across bottom third, trees nearly straight across middle, sky basically straight across the top.

What I do like about your painting is your soft edges, things blend into one another, and your use of various washes or glazes. Your field is not one hard, solid color but has tiny bits of various muted colors. This gives the painting a good feel and harmony.

JoyJoyJoy
06-05-2013, 09:30 PM
Steve,

Strange and wonderful ... the very things that AllisonR complains about are what I love in this painting!

Upon first glance, I thought, "Oh, what lovely atmosphere!" The soft edges, muted colors, and low contrast of the work create such a misty, almost nostalgic feeling... like a dream or a memory. The horizontal composition adds to the calm, quiet sensation of the work. You have a very good eye for the colors and patterns that appear naturally in a sky. The trees are done so delicately, as almost ghostly shapes standing in the shadows.

My only suggestion is to grade the colors and values of the foreground meadow. The grass closest to the trees should be more muted and lighter, with stronger values and clearer colors towards the bottom of the painting. This would give a greater sense of depth.

Please continue experimenting in this atmospheric style. It is beautiful!

Joy

bocote
06-06-2013, 09:08 AM
I agree with AllisonR. I can add to that: to me this landscape falls directly between an interesting sky painting and an evening land centered painting - the canvas is divided in 3 with no part being the subject. Your use of color has the right idea behind it, but you've got some mudding from overwork or dirty brush.

I attached a file with cleaned up sky forms and some mudding removed from land. For this painting I don't recommend doing any crazy shifts in subject, but for your next think about subject and what you want the viewer to get.

have fun

gebhm
06-07-2013, 02:44 PM
What I see is plain and simple. That is why I like it. Not over done. Relaxing to look at. A painting does not have to be complecated to be good.

snoball
07-20-2013, 08:34 AM
Perhaps an angling fence to draw the composition and a couple of cows grazing near the "Golden Mean"?

snoball
07-20-2013, 08:44 AM
This is how I would work this painting, hope you don't mind the digital redo. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2013/36183-redo.jpg

harryfisherman
07-21-2013, 01:38 AM
Top of the tree line is a nice start. Bottom of the tree line is a straight line. The foreground is a rectangle.

Go here....

http://improvemypaintings.com/

At the top click on artist's galleries then Johannes gallery.

Your looking for: variegation of color in trees, look at bottom of tree lines and how fore grounds are handled.

Lastly if you put your photo into a greyscale you will see most of your values are the same. I follow this artist. He has helped me improve tremendously.

Harry

vac911
07-21-2013, 10:26 PM
Thanks for your input everyone. They are all very instructive. Snoball, I notice that we are neighbors, I live in Jonesboro.

snoball
07-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Thanks for your input everyone. They are all very instructive. Snoball, I notice that we are neighbors, I live in Jonesboro.
Yep, looks as if we are both Arkies.:wave:

Deshy
07-22-2013, 12:14 PM
This is how I would work this painting, hope you don't mind the digital redo. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2013/36183-redo.jpg

I like this addition without the horses.

~JMW~
07-22-2013, 03:00 PM
I played around with this one and came up with this idea..used the Twisted Brush software program..
http://www.pixarra.com/download.html

Boosted the color with Picasa - http://picasa.google.com/

punched up the color, added shadows and made 1 tree taller and added more glowy highlights...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jul-2013/50585-102972-1_after_mikel_wintermantel.jpg