View Full Version : Dawn from our campsite in Anza Borrego...

04-29-2015, 11:22 PM
9 x 12 pastel on board

04-30-2015, 08:28 AM
Beautiful golden glow from the sunrise on the vegetation and hill on the left! You've done a super job showing the aerial perspective of the mountains. Nice painting!

04-30-2015, 09:27 AM
I like the subtlety in this! Great place to work on plein-air skills-

04-30-2015, 10:50 AM
This is very restful. I love the color palette.

04-30-2015, 11:42 AM
Thanks Blayne! Thanks Ken!

04-30-2015, 11:43 AM
Thanks DBfarmgirl...

04-30-2015, 12:35 PM
Very nice

05-01-2015, 12:17 AM
Thanks Jay!

05-01-2015, 02:21 AM
I think if this is dawn, there is something not working quite right with the colour, sorry to be a note of dissent, but I have to speak as I find. It jut does not read as dawn to me. Maybe a tad more warmth in the sky would help....and look carefully at the colour contrast on the ground. I am not getting a sense of early morning sunlight, somehow...perhaps the cool patches need to be darker so that the light ones will glow slightly more?

05-01-2015, 09:13 AM
Hi Jackie. Thanks for your observations and comments.

Sometimes it's hard to get a good photo so I took a little more time and a photo from a better camera to get an image that's closer to the original painting. Hopefully this looks a little better. What do you think?


05-01-2015, 11:52 AM
hmmm - doesn't look a lot different on my screen, but I know what you mean.

What do YOU think of the light and atmosphere here..........?........


05-01-2015, 03:01 PM
Well, I'm sitting here looking at the image on my computer screen and the painting on the easel and they are still quite different. Interestingly, the original painting looks remarkably like the changes you made so I think we're both on the same page. You did add a bit more colour to the sky and I'm liking that so it's something to consider. Otherwise, for some reason, my camera is not picking up the yellow/orange colours very well and adding some extra contrast. May be time to load up Photoshop again...

The end result is, I like the suggestions you've made and I appreciate that you took the time to put together an edit. I'm going to come back to this after I finish a project I need to deliver and see what I come up with.


05-03-2015, 03:01 AM
my pleasure Randy. It is frustrating when the camera doesn't properly pick up the colour our eyes see.

Which is a thought worth considering, when we work from photos.....................!!!

05-03-2015, 07:39 PM
Wow I'm loving the use of a fairly limited palette! And I really like the atmospheric perspective although who am I to try and c&c someone's work when when my work couldn't hold a candle to this painting anyway.
I'm usually lurking around to soak up anything related to painting the landscape in color and graphite thumbnails and occasional value studies.
Every now and then I plan out the composition and vertical vs' horizontal format. It's usually a scantily clad beautiful woman all tastefully done of course!;-)here's a example it's untitled
Done on 300lb. C.p. Canson full sheet with deckled edges cost me 25$! But I got 4 decent sized paintings at least.
Anyways it's a mixed media piece I love the idea of creating a visually stunning work of art with as many different mediums as it takes to get the mood or point across right?!
I've seen some licensing art that I actually could not tell if it was a photograph or not I'd love to be able to create that kind of realism I also have a issue of drawing magazine with a artist who uses colors pencils to capture her subjects with incredible realism and to top it off the subject matter is quite unique but very effective!! Darn I don't know how to cut and paste a link to the article in drawing magazine I gotta post it I think it's absolutely amazing I'm telling Ya.
Her name is Elizabeth Patterson she captures patterns of water and light that exist only for a moment,before windshield wipers clear them away!!
Interview by Austin R. Williams in the winter2015 issue of Drawing Magazine
I'm gonna take a few pics with my phone and see if it does it any justice,probably not but.....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1190917-1430696260391-328024540.jpg
That's the only image I'm posting because it's not my art....soooo?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1190917-IMG_20150501_172839.jpg

05-03-2015, 07:41 PM
I'm sorry for posting other people's work on your post Idk if that's in bad taste I feel like it should be.

05-03-2015, 07:42 PM
If so I honestly apologize I'm computer illiterate....seriously I only surf the web on my phone!