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06-22-2013, 02:09 PM
Acrylic, 8"x10" canvas.
Just a simple exercise to get myself painting. C&C's are welcomed.


06-22-2013, 02:25 PM
Very pleasant, I would love to take a walk in your painting Jim. Very inviting!

06-22-2013, 02:40 PM
I can smell the lavender from here.....

thanx for sharing this with us


06-22-2013, 05:08 PM
A pleasant scene. I would like to see you travel further into minimalism. One start would be to leave out the details of the tree and foliage. What do you think?

06-23-2013, 02:28 PM
Yes, Jon this is not exactly "minimalism". I was taking liberty with the term and applying it to this simple landscape painted with a minimal amount of detail to imply a semi-realistic scene.

But your challenge has inspired me to do a minimalist landscape (not this scene) which I will post soon.

06-24-2013, 11:13 AM
Sometimes I think the realm of 'semi-realism' is the most difficult to deal with. Been there myself. I find this painting very pleasant with lovely colors, especially the foreground lavender.

You could, if you wanted, take it in a more realistic direction or instead in a more minimalist-abstract direction. As is probably obvious to you, talented painter that you are, for the realism direction you could incorporate more of the feeling of distance by making the distant greenery paler, less saturated; vary the color of the hill with the distance, make the sky a little greener and lighter near the horizon. To go the other way and make it more abstract instead, you could lose the trees, as Jon recommended, smooth out the foreground brush, maybe lose the clouds, but keep the rest of the color scheme as it is. That might be interesting, especially since you are so good at abstraction.

I guess I think that the way it is now is a little ambiguous stylistically. I'm not sure whether I want to walk inside the inviting landscape or admire the minimalist stripes of color. But after all, maybe that's a good thing, that ambiguity, to make the viewer think on these things.

06-24-2013, 10:44 PM
I like the contrasr !!

06-25-2013, 01:38 AM
Very nice indeed. Ady

06-25-2013, 07:15 AM
Thanks for all the comments.

Here is the source photo. You can see I didn't change much more than ad the clouds.


06-25-2013, 08:37 AM
Your painting is quite lovely!

06-25-2013, 11:19 AM
Nice, Jim. I just started trying warm-up excercizes. They make great paintings haha.
I love this- and I want to see what's on the other side for some reason.

06-25-2013, 12:03 PM
Yes this is just that Ap;ril, a warm up exercise. I posted this one because it seemed to have a certain - something. Most of my warmups end up looking some of the worst of the worst of those "starving artist" traveling show pieces. Here is the one from yesterday (I'm probably going to be sorry for posting this, but here goes).


06-25-2013, 12:13 PM
I like the warmth in your 'warm up' paintings :D

06-25-2013, 12:55 PM
Sailboat race at sunset! Nice!!

06-25-2013, 06:46 PM
I like the warmth in your 'warm up' paintings :D

Very punny Dave.:)

Thanks Susan, Yes it's a sunset. "...A red sky at night is a sailor's delight". If this funky little painting was worthy of a title, I'd call it "Sailor's Delight".

06-25-2013, 08:02 PM
Simple things are beautiful. I like it.

06-25-2013, 08:26 PM
I really like the development. Never stop.