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GeorgieB
04-18-2018, 01:44 PM
Here is my first attempt at a large (36"x48") landscape painting. It was done in about 7 hours at a 3-day class at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. The class was titled "Loosening Up & Painting Big" led by artist Rick Wheeler. Prior to this my largest canvas was 18"x24", so this was a large step up.

I am not particularly enthralled about the composition, but it will hang on a large stair wall (A-Frame house) until I do something better. So, here it is, "Winter Birches."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Apr-2018/1086932-Winter-Birch.jpg



As usual, C&C's gratefully accepted.
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Crits and Comments always welcome

talisman
04-18-2018, 02:55 PM
I like the colors in the snow and the shadows there also.

Do you enjoy the class?
It looks like you fore-filled the class title, working big and loosening up!

DMSS
04-18-2018, 03:09 PM
Very well done.

gaykir
04-18-2018, 04:05 PM
I rather think it will make an impact when hung.

Charlie's Mum
04-18-2018, 04:11 PM
That's BIG!
I like the birches and the groundwork - should be impressive!

LavenderFrost
04-19-2018, 10:17 AM
Looks good.

bluefish
04-19-2018, 10:32 AM
especially like the ground work....very realistic....:thumbsup:

GeorgieB
04-19-2018, 03:38 PM
I like the colors in the snow and the shadows there also.

Do you enjoy the class?
It looks like you fore-filled the class title, working big and loosening up!

Very enjoyable class. I was a bit concerned about the size of the canvas, but there were at least eight others with the same size. The class was very informal with some visitors to the museum able to walk in and see what we were doing.

GeorgieB
04-19-2018, 03:40 PM
Thanks to all for the replies. It's always nice to hear positive comments.

My concern was for the background...the sun setting was a good idea, but to my mind just a bit overdone. Maybe next time I'll tone it down a bit.

Thanks again.

Katie Black
04-19-2018, 03:45 PM
There is a lot to like in this painting and clumps of earth around the trees are very well done.:thumbsup:

dave woody
04-19-2018, 04:01 PM
....it's kind of 3D?

Super delivery

Phranque
04-20-2018, 06:36 AM
Since you're not happy with the sky, why not work on it some more? It does look rather like a yellow mound. Look for some photos of sunsets, and study what's actually happening in them. That said, you could turn the sky into a daytime sky. the colours reflected in the snow seem to suggest that, rather than a sun set. I'd soften the edge on the black area, too, to give it more depth.

GeorgieB
04-20-2018, 04:25 PM
Since you're not happy with the sky, why not work on it some more? It does look rather like a yellow mound. Look for some photos of sunsets, and study what's actually happening in them. That said, you could turn the sky into a daytime sky. the colours reflected in the snow seem to suggest that, rather than a sun set. I'd soften the edge on the black area, too, to give it more depth.

Phranque...thanks for putting into words exactly why I said I was not thrilled with the composition. The foreground (trees/rocks/snow) is okay, but that dark band across the middle and the yellow mound are very distracting.

I have another 3x4' canvas available and I will try the same painting, but this time as a daylight (or perhaps fading daylight) scene. I will minimize the dark band in the middle, perhaps breaking it into several areas and making it lighter.

It was a great class, again the largest canvas I've ever used. I stood back as the painting was critiqued by the other painters and bit my tongue when little was said by way of suggestions. When I looked at it from across the room I could see no real depth in the painting. Maybe with those changes that can be corrected. If I succeed with the re-painting, I'll post it.

Thanks for the advice.

Artchrispy
04-20-2018, 04:44 PM
That's really great. Well done!

ColinS
04-22-2018, 11:19 AM
Very impactful. The ground with the snow and the birches are really well done. Some good advice about the sky.

cem
04-22-2018, 12:50 PM
Plenty of contrast. Love the colors in the snow. When you repaint the scene I think moving the tree dead-center to one side would improve the composition. That large a canvas would intimidate me. My daughter does works 4'x8' but are all abstract. You have done well with this. Keep painting.