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Frances Obie
03-28-2017, 03:06 PM
This was a challenge. Next time I think I should try just one wave, except, the beauty of the scene to me, lies in it's entirety.
Anyway, the scene is Long Beach, west coast of Vancouver Island. 16 x 16. Various pastels on gessoed and pumiced hardboard. All criticisms, insights and comments are welcome.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Mar-2017/93782-IMG_20170328_113128.jpg

water girl
03-28-2017, 03:20 PM
Wow! You took on a challenge and won! This is beautiful. I like that you've painted the "line up" of waves, not just one. I sense deep water and shallow water. As a water girl, I think this is fantastically life like. If I might make a minor suggestion, I'd lighten the value of the wet sand a bit. You could accomplish that by scumbling the lovely greens and blues you've used in the wet sand at the water's edge, and continue it down to the bottom. That is just my thinking out loud. :lol: This is your painting and it works well as is.

Frances Obie
03-29-2017, 08:05 AM
Thank you Karen, I see your point. The sand needs some work. It's good to hear from someone who lives on the the coast.

Donna T
03-29-2017, 08:47 AM
Gorgeous painting, Frances! You have done such excellent work on the sky, water and beach and captured the motion of the incoming waves. I like the relatively quiet sky; it seems to make us focus on the wave which is just about to soak our shoes.

03-29-2017, 08:48 AM
Very impressive (as usual)!
I love the contrast of texture between sky and waves.

03-29-2017, 02:24 PM
Really nice work...great perspective, space, waves, colors, everything.

03-29-2017, 06:15 PM
Lovely; very lovely. Personally I like the dark wet sand of the beach. The dark value gives a good "base" upon which the rest of the scene is sitting. To me it keeps the waves from "falling off" the bottom of the page. The dark blue MAY be just a tad bright and dark for the color of the sky that would be reflecting into it, but only a tad.

Frances Obie
03-30-2017, 11:15 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2017/93782-IMG_20170330_075711.jpg Thanks Donna, Leslie and Stapeliad.
I appreciate those comments Peggy. I kind of liked the warm darks at the bottom too, but realized it needs a lift do I added some lighter tones. I also softened the horizon.

03-30-2017, 01:05 PM
Perfect! Now the foreground reflections of sky in water are well related to one another, and the horizon recedes very nicely.

Donna T
03-30-2017, 01:42 PM
Your changes to the horizon really made a difference! There seems to be even more distance now.

Frances, did you make this surface or was this a pre-made board? I've never worked on hardboard yet and am curious to try it.

Frances Obie
03-30-2017, 02:00 PM
Thanks Peggy and Donna. The surface is just 1/8" hardboard, like Masonite. I give it a few coats of gesso, do underpainting in acrylic and then top it with pumice gel. This is a surface I usually use because the hardware store will cut the board any size I want and the preparation is easy and inexpensive. I definitely recommend trying it.

water girl
03-30-2017, 02:04 PM
You've hit the ball out of the park with this one.:clap:

03-30-2017, 10:14 PM
I think the changes you made improved it. It looks great!

03-31-2017, 11:14 PM
Beautiful, I love your colours

04-01-2017, 03:56 AM
A really lovely and interesting seascape. I think that softening the horizon line was a major improvement. I learned a lot from seeing that step.