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Frances Obie
03-18-2017, 01:17 PM
This one is a memory of Georgia Stait, crossing from Nanaimohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2017/93782-Across_the_Strait.jpg BC to the mainland. I used several photos as references. Colors in the water and the sky were vibrant although a mist always lingered on the horizon. I used an extra wide format to create a sense of space. 10.5" x 26". A mix of pastels on TerraSkin. Any and all comments and criticisms are welcome.

03-18-2017, 01:31 PM
It's beautiful.

03-18-2017, 01:51 PM
The light and the distance you get in is amazing!

Equus Art
03-18-2017, 02:09 PM
Your impression of vastness is spot on. Beautiful Frances!


Frances Obie
03-18-2017, 08:40 PM
Many thanks Lucy, Fana and Cat.

03-19-2017, 02:24 AM
I really like your use of the wide format to create space and depth to the piece.


03-19-2017, 05:42 AM
Beautiful painting. Love the wide format.

Donna T
03-19-2017, 10:31 AM
Such a serene beauty, Frances. The wide format draws me right in across the water. I love your moody interpretations; they are so much more than documentary scenes.

03-19-2017, 04:07 PM
I've been there, and you captured the essence of this scene perfectly; it's beautiful. Wide, narrow formats are perfect for this type of painting.

Frances Obie
03-20-2017, 11:33 AM
Thanks Mike and Bob!
Donna, what a lovely comment. I do find myself drawn to the abstraction I find in form.
Peggy, thank you for the affirmation. It's good to hear from someone who is familiar with this scene.

03-20-2017, 07:21 PM
I enjoy everything about this. Fabulous piece here, Frances!

Linda Wolff
03-20-2017, 09:45 PM

03-21-2017, 11:08 AM
Degas said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see'
You always create beautiful visions and vistas.

Frances Obie
03-22-2017, 09:12 AM
Thank you Ron and Linda. I appreciate your comments.
Leslie, thank you so much - I feel humbled by those remarks

03-22-2017, 04:19 PM
Amazing colors...I really like the wide format, there is such a good sense of open space.

03-25-2017, 04:52 PM
lovely light

03-25-2017, 05:11 PM
A very interesting lesson for me. Although I like to fuss with the photograph format and a panorama is one my favorites, I would have never thought about considering this format for a pastel painting. Can't explain why and I would certainly miss a lot of fun!
Beautiful painting. I like the reflection and the light breeze running across the water.
Thank you for sharing!

Frances Obie
03-28-2017, 10:07 AM
Thank you Stapeliad and Vivian
Thanks Nick. To me, a wide format seems to work well for the low, long islands in this region which stretch out across the water. I would probably choose this format for any medium.