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cliff.kachinske
06-02-2015, 03:00 PM
Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy it.

16 X 20, a wide spot in the river.

I am mulling about emphasizing the clouds a bit and adding reflections near the bottom of the panel.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2015/1965263-Before_the_Geese.jpg

I am thinking about posting some detail pictures. There's a lot of stuff going on in the brush work that disappears when I scrunch a 16X20 down to 800 px.

yupanqui_87
06-02-2015, 03:42 PM
Very nice! I wouldnt go too far with further details in the reflections, taking account of the overall painting maybe less is more.

Lady Carol
06-02-2015, 03:47 PM
This is very soothing.

Charlie's Mum
06-02-2015, 05:24 PM
Nice! There is a lot of seemingly empty space in the f/g but all that textured and changing blue makes it quite busy I think .......... yes, close-ups would be good!:)
I like it!:)

Mike L
06-03-2015, 08:15 AM
I'm with the majority on this one - less is more. The composition is superb, and the execution matches. :clap:

The water color transitions appear to be hard lines and not smooth blending from fore ground to where cloud reflections begin. Is it my computer/monitor's way of displaying the image, the photograph itself, or is this what you planned?

R/Mike

^anikavo
06-03-2015, 08:29 AM
This makes me want to hop in a kayak! I like the balance of colors too.

maryinasia
06-03-2015, 08:34 AM
love the water

cliff.kachinske
06-03-2015, 10:46 AM
Mary, thank you. It is mostly water, so I'm glad it's pleasing.

Ani, turns out there's a kayak rental just a bit upstream.

Mike, thank you. There are 11 different flavors of blue in that water. I had originally planned another layer for more blending but after the color changes all settled I decided it worked the way it is, so I stopped.

Maureen, I am so glad you like it. I will admit it is daunting to block in the sky and far bank only to realize you still have 200 sq inches to paint and it's all blue.

Carol, that is a gratifying thing to hear. It means a lot and I appreciate your sharing the thought.

Fede, thank you. I agree, there's enough going on in the foreground as it is.

LavenderFrost
06-03-2015, 11:52 AM
Very nice sky and water. Some nice trees too, especially on the left side. On the right side I'm not really sure what I'm seeing.

ColinS
06-03-2015, 09:56 PM
Very nice Cliff. The wide water is very calming. Not often that a painting actually creates a real sense of mood.

Margaret 59
06-03-2015, 10:42 PM
I like the whole painting but the blues in the water are mesmerising.

cem
06-04-2015, 08:59 AM
I agree with everyone else....I like it:)

cliff.kachinske
06-04-2015, 12:20 PM
Michelle, thank you for your comment. The right side of the painting is Fulton County, GA. Among other things, it contains our state government. Many people are unsure about what they see when the look at it. :lol:

Colin, thank you so much for the kind words. It took a bit of planning to do the water, but oddly not so long to paint it.

Margaret, thank you.

Cindy, I appreciate your endorsement a lot.

Everyone, responses to this painting have been very encouraging. Thanks so much.

Dcam
06-04-2015, 12:46 PM
Cliff: very soothing. I like your reflection.
Derek

cliff.kachinske
06-05-2015, 03:39 PM
Thanks Derek. I think I'm starting to understand how reflections work.

PaintingJay
06-05-2015, 07:02 PM
Looks great. I wouldn't change a thing.

- Jay

Bill Linn
06-05-2015, 07:12 PM
I like your sky and the water sure looks wet. Nice work.

KarinaRose
06-05-2015, 08:40 PM
Love all the brilliant color!

~JMW~
06-05-2015, 09:22 PM
I like the sky & the water a lot, but the land mass seems like it can use some more interest, or color compatibility??
The right side reflection is missing some matching greenery?
1 tree trunk is missing a reflection.

What do you want to pop in this piece?
emphasize that area with more detail and color/contrast.

cliff.kachinske
06-17-2015, 04:05 PM
Sorry for being so tardy to respond to this last set of comments.

Jay, Thank you for looking in and taking the time.

Bill, Thank you. I'm glad you like the sky and water. They are really the stars of the painting.

Karina, Thank you. You're seeing the results of a limited palette and no mineral colors except ti white.

Tj, I appreciate your taking the time.

Idlewilde
06-17-2015, 09:25 PM
I love the way you have done the water, the trees and bank at the top have turned out exceptionally well to boot! Really neat to see!!
Cheers, Ian.

cliff.kachinske
06-19-2015, 03:26 PM
Idlewild, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

KareBear94
06-20-2015, 01:48 AM
Nice tranquil setting... :thumbsup: