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SunsetSue
11-11-2014, 11:04 PM
Hi Everyone! I have not been here in a very long time,I got sick and things snowballed on me. I have finally been able to pick up my brush and attempt painting again but I do not know if it is worth pursuing any longer. I am about halfway finished this piece and have underpainted the balloons. I need some advice on the balloons the perspective or something seems off and I need to bring it back before going any further. I am going to add the shadows next. Let me know what you think.

dceska93
11-12-2014, 12:31 AM
Nice job on this! Brings back fond childhood memories when I used to get so excited to see hot air balloons in the sky! Takes me back to my childhood! Really love the colors in this!

Charlie's Mum
11-12-2014, 09:14 AM
The lower half of the work is very good but, I think, a little strong in that ploughed field, left ... it detracts from the balloons.
I think maybe the two big ones on the left are too similar in size - one needs to be bigger and come forward more but that would also unbalance the composition!
Try looking at it on the computer and mask out the balloons if poss, then rearrange them so you have a right-hand large balancing the detailed landscape left - and then allow the left-hand balloons to lead the eye back into the work. Think of the Golden Section for arranging them - or, more basic, the 'rule of thirds'!:)

gaykir
11-12-2014, 09:48 AM
Interestingly enough, the ploughed field is my favorite part! But I do agree the balloons need work. Maureen has given you some good advice there and I would add that they need some shading on the balloons to give them their shape. Right now they are too flat. Love the lower portion!

ColinS
11-12-2014, 10:42 AM
I think it's coming along nicely. I really like the fields. I am sure the ballons will turn out well too with some of the advice from Maureen.

SunsetSue
11-12-2014, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone. The balloons are just in the blocked n stage here so have lots to do on them. Not sure about totally redoing them if the gesso would cover these well enough? It definitely helps to get objective opinions. Thanks so much, will post again later when I have worked on it a bit more.

~JMW~
11-12-2014, 02:35 PM
Love the fields.
Something in the sky color, or maybe the balloon colors, seems to be fighting with the field colors..

Jerry Yarnell has a similar Balloon painting - maybe this image will be of help.
http://www.northlightshop.com/festival-of-color-video-1

SunsetSue
11-12-2014, 08:07 PM
I think it is definitely the colors I am going to tone them down a lot and will post again when it looks better :) Thanks loads for the help everyone.:clap:

Raymo
11-13-2014, 02:17 PM
Where's the sunset Sue ?
....I couldn't help it....😜

SunsetSue
11-14-2014, 04:30 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2014/10094-hotair_balloon.jpg

This is how far I have gone with the changes. There is now some dimension in the balloons but I have a long way to go yet. The white on the balloon on the left is too white at the moment which I did not see until I took the picture. I think the red and white balloon dominates too much at the moment and perhaps that is the one I should have brought forward? I still have all the detail to add on the 3 larger balloons. Any C&C is welcomed at this point.

This is on 20X24 inch canvas, 1 inch deep

And OMG is it ever great to be well enough to paint again!!

Nature2Canvas
11-14-2014, 05:41 AM
I like the composition. I like it with the balloon on the left being at the front and I don't feel the red and white balloon dominates too much, I feel it balances all the greens and yellows.

Charlie's Mum
11-14-2014, 08:22 AM
Sue, I've merged your two threads as they are close in time and it makes it easier for viewers than having to check anther thread.:)

ColinS
11-14-2014, 10:43 AM
I like what you have done. Must be great to be able to paint again.

thevaliantx
11-14-2014, 11:37 AM
I feel that the two balloons furthest to the right should be smaller and more blurred or otherwise less detailed.

SunsetSue
11-14-2014, 11:57 PM
Thanks so much for the comments everyone. So sorry Maureen about the 2 posts, it has been a long time and I forgot how to add the second picture. MS brain glitch :( I will get the hang of it again, I am determined! Thanks for merging them :)

Dcam
11-15-2014, 10:56 AM
I love this. Very uplifting....excuse the pun. :)

Derek

LavenderFrost
11-15-2014, 12:01 PM
Good one Derek. lol

This is coming along nicely Sue. I like the landscape and the balloons really add some cheer to the painting.

barriespapa
11-15-2014, 12:08 PM
It is coming along nicely sue. This is quite a hard subject but you are doing famously.
David

Charlie's Mum
11-15-2014, 12:23 PM
That's OK Sue :) Just upload the image as usual but using the 'Post Reply' box and not the 'Quick Reply' box (which has limited facilities available!:lol:).

Glad you're excited about painting again (I can sense it!:) and i think this will look rather good when done!
Just remember, whatever any of us says when giving C&C, the painting is your work, not ours, so it's entirely up to you to take or ignore what we offer!:)

~JMW~
11-15-2014, 01:06 PM
The re/white balloon is so much in dead center of the upper part..
maybe some way to soften or overlap another smaller one?

SunsetSue
11-18-2014, 07:34 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2014/10094-pizap.com14163533493881.jpg
Really could use some input here. Is it getting any better o should I just give up on painting altogether? It has been a very long time away and perhaps I have lost too much. My feelings won't be hurt by brutal honesty.

SunsetSue
11-19-2014, 04:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2014/10094-pizap.com14164294128482.jpg I think this is an improvement but again am not sure. Any suggestions would be most helpful.

Charlie's Mum
11-19-2014, 06:16 PM
Sue, while all aspects are well painted and many parts are beautiful I do still feel it's the arrangement of the balloons that's causing the problems ..... the eye goes straight to that central red one - sorry :(

SunsetSue
11-19-2014, 06:50 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2014/10094-FotoFlexer_Photo_without_red.jpg Maureen, I think you may be right, and I was wondering about painting it right out? will the composition still work without it. and how many buckets of gesso to cover that red??? LOL I have worked on it a bit more and that balloon still dominates the picture. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2014/10094-new_balloon_pic.jpg

os2013
11-20-2014, 04:43 AM
Sue, i like the version without red one much better. Other then that i feel the sky is flat: maybe add darker at the top and do smooth gradation- this will add depth. Also, maybe a light blue wash over the farthest baloons at the right to push them back ( but i'm not sure about this one as the photos distort colors usually, so maybe it is already there). Another idea is to tone down yellow on the second from the left one ( vertical stripes) on the sides, and towards bottom, as it looks a bit too forward and a but flat. Do not stop: it is very nice already and with a little bit of tweaks it will be awesome. Hope this helps.

SunsetSue
11-22-2014, 02:45 PM
Sue, i like the version without red one much better. Other then that i feel the sky is flat: maybe add darker at the top and do smooth gradation- this will add depth. Also, maybe a light blue wash over the farthest baloons at the right to push them back ( but i'm not sure about this one as the photos distort colors usually, so maybe it is already there). Another idea is to tone down yellow on the second from the left one ( vertical stripes) on the sides, and towards bottom, as it looks a bit too forward and a but flat. Do not stop: it is very nice already and with a little bit of tweaks it will be awesome. Hope this helps.
Thanks so much for your comments. The sky is definitely not flat on canvas it just comes out that way in the pics. I have been thinking about pushing the yellow balloons back and bringing the red/white one forward making it larger and slightly to the right and then it would be the focal point and the ones on the right need to fade back a bit more to be sure. Thanks for your advic I will keep working this until I get it right, I am a stubborn old gal :)

Charlie's Mum
11-22-2014, 04:46 PM
I have been thinking about pushing the yellow balloons back and bringing the red/white one forward making it larger and slightly to the right and then it would be the focal point and the ones on the right need to fade back a bit more to be sure.

Sue, I think that would work - you still need something in that space - even take the balloon off the top instead of having it fully in the painting?
Try various positions out first on the comp - also toning down the red somewhat perhaps.

And yes, that second L. balloon is a bit sharp!:)

There's one other teeny-tiny aspect bothers me ... that pale blue patch. 1/3 from the right, set in the trees! Just needs toning down!:)

Charlie's Mum
11-22-2014, 05:12 PM
I've tried this Sue - balloon a little larger and off-centre and some aerial perspective (thin sky colour!) to tone down the yellow two and little blue and the mauve one.
You could add more definition to, and perhaps make, the basket a little larger.

See what you think!

If you want to blot out the red, try lightly sanding it first and a little alcohol on a cotton bud perhaps to soften the paint and blot it up - scrubbing might just make it stain more.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2014/30494-Sue_new_balloon_pic.jpg

Feel free to disagree, cos it's your work after all!:)

SunsetSue
11-24-2014, 04:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2014/10094-indoor.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2014/10094-outdoors.jpg

Thanks Maureen! I am trying to make some of the changes you suggested.

One photo taken outdoors and one indoors color is actually somewhere between the two.

I have attempted a wash over the red and white balloon, also did a sketch of a bigger balloon. Is the balloon ok with the wash, should I also wash out the vertical stripe balloon on the left?

Also changed the smaller balloons. Am I getting closer?

Artchrispy
11-24-2014, 04:56 PM
Beautiful painting so far. Love the idea of having a large balloon in the foreground. The landscape looks fantastic! Love how youdid the pattern in the field.

Charlie's Mum
11-24-2014, 06:11 PM
Sue, my personal feeling is that the balloon would look better partially off the canvas which would make the basket a bit higher too and grouped better with the small balloons right. The reason is that it leads the eye in better from the top of the canvas.

I've just realised something else too - your eye level is low so you shouldn't be able to see into the baskets - you should be seeing the bases of them from below!:lol:

SunsetSue
11-24-2014, 10:23 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2014/10094-balloons_today.jpg

Thanks Maureen, I have washed out the balloons a bit more and will definitely think about doing the bigger balloon off the top as you suggested. I never thought of the eye level :lol: will have to fix that!! I am very grateful for all the advice and tips from everyone.

SunsetSue
11-26-2014, 02:12 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2014/10094-HAB2.jpg

This is it I am done with this for now. will look at it again after I have tried another painting, to see if I want to make the red and white balloon bigger. I will try for a better pic.

lilbelle
11-26-2014, 02:38 PM
This turned out great Sue, it has a great feeling of depth!

SunsetSue
11-26-2014, 02:54 PM
Thanks lilbelle, here is a better pic ( I think!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2014/10094-HAB5.jpg [/QUOTE]