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thevaliantx
06-12-2013, 08:18 AM
based off a photo i took yesterday of a farm that's just off US 25. Cra-Pas Specialists (I really like them along with the Crayola OP's....both seem to lay really well) on pastel paper.

All C&C Welcome.

Flycatcher10
06-12-2013, 09:57 AM
What color surface are you using. I'm assuming black, because that's how it's reading on my screen.

You have a nice sky going on, good work on the buildings.

The barn seems to be tilting, perhaps they are on a downward sloping hillside - but a viewer isn't going to know that. You may want to lower the bottom left-side of the barn and raise the left-top side of the white barn door, as well as the hatch area at top. It may just be me though.

thevaliantx
06-12-2013, 02:49 PM
That barn leaning. That's all the cows piled up in the lower left corner of the barn, hidden from view on the day of 'the trip'. :lol:

I better take a look at that photo again. Thanks for pointing that out. :heart:

The color surface is black.

Pat Isaac
06-12-2013, 03:52 PM
:lol: you need to tell the cows to move. I do agree that it is tilting. All these colors are woking nicely together.

Pat

Flycatcher10
06-12-2013, 03:58 PM
Oh my you crack me up!!! :lol:

So funny - those darn cows, always seem to get in the way. What ever will they do when a good stiff wind begins to blow?

thevaliantx
06-12-2013, 04:01 PM
I tried straightening the barn. The herd shortened by ten.

When artists pick colors for their pieces, is it typically by design or just by 'whatever works'? Right now I don't have a science as to how I pick my color palette or the mood.

When I'm long gone, I'm sure, collectors will wonder if I did my work from a dungeon, a dark tower or a room with padded walls.

Pat Isaac
06-12-2013, 04:12 PM
Much better, Tom. Wonder where the cows went??? off in search of better digs, maybe.
I don't have any special color palette, usually just what I'm looking at and making sure the colors are intergrated throughout the piece. I don't do landscapes and artists often have particular colors they use for their landscape work.

Pat

Lostjedi
06-15-2013, 12:41 AM
Looking good. Looks like a lot of Kentucky barns I've seen up near Carolton.

As for colors... My suggestion is to do small color swatches on a scrap paper or in a sketchbook to pick combinations that you like for the piece. Sometimes I just hold several oil pastel sticks side by side looking for what my brain calls a match. I know it probably isn't correct art color theory or anything but it works for me. I also look at other people's work and copy color combinations I like.

Hope this helps, one Kentuckian to another.

thevaliantx
06-17-2013, 11:26 AM
Funny that you mention Carrolton, lostjedi, because that picture was taken up near Williamstown, not too far from Carrolton. ;) It is getting harder and harder to find old fashioned settings to photograph. People are just adding more and more junk to their "hobby farms", and crap in their yards. On top of that you've got more and more signs, water towers, cell towers and whatnot showing up. You should see Massachusetts (no offense, Pat)....out west in Mass there are those huge electric-producing wind turbines everywhere.