View Full Version : plage des dames ,circa1910

04-25-2018, 12:54 PM
This is a work in progress ,but as I will be unable to complete it for a few weeks I thought I would post it for discussion .It shows an imaginary Summers day at the seaside in Noirmoutiers in N.W. France .


04-26-2018, 04:18 AM
What size is it?

Nice impressionistic subject matter and use of colors. The figures are very nice. Looks good so far.

Looks like there might be a little work to do on the shadows ...

04-26-2018, 05:51 AM
20" x 16" on oil board. and yes there's a fair bit of tweeking to do yet !

04-26-2018, 11:46 AM
Looking great. Love the strolling figures and the horse drawn carriage and the pain on the bicycles. Funny how more formal people were not so long ago, wearing suits and dresses to the beach.

04-26-2018, 03:05 PM
good one.. the carriage gives a genuine timestamp :)

Katie Black
04-26-2018, 03:06 PM
I love WIPS :clap:

This is looking lovely and I will be watching how you progress with it.

04-26-2018, 03:31 PM
This bird's-eye is well done. A couple of suggestions. As cliff pointed out I too would like more shadows esp under and thru the trees. And I think the trees look flat. I'd like the green-greens to be de-greened, esp as they fade to the distance behind the wall. But remember it's your ptg, not ours.

04-26-2018, 04:51 PM

Charlie's Mum
04-27-2018, 04:50 PM
It's a very pleasant summer scene of bygone days.
Your high view point actually means the horizon should be much higher! If you trace your building perspective lines up to the eye level ..... see what I mean?:)

04-27-2018, 07:37 PM
Lovely period piece, wonderful little seaside and all the busy people, having fun.

04-28-2018, 04:08 AM
Thanks folks , the perspective is gozzy admittedly,but then this never was my strong suit.I shall bear all advice in mind when I get back to it!

06-06-2018, 11:44 AM
I had another session with this painting today and incorporated some of the ideas expressed in comments


06-06-2018, 12:35 PM
Much more contrast. Good progress. Not sure about the cast shadows of the building and walls.

Katie Black
06-06-2018, 03:14 PM
I like where you are at the moment.

06-06-2018, 04:09 PM
Yes, I might just have a tinker with the water and some of the figures on the beach. I am pretty well done with the body of the image.

06-07-2018, 01:58 AM
The impact of your shadows and the bump in contrast work well. The lower left quarter is my favorite part.

06-07-2018, 07:38 AM
Very nice scene!

06-13-2018, 09:20 AM
I had a last go at this today at our art workshop and doubt that any more tinkering will enhance it ,so ive signed it and finis !http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2018/96969-NMbeach.jpg

06-13-2018, 10:32 AM
Nicely done. The colours keep looking more saturated with each post, is that lighting or the way it's painted?

06-13-2018, 11:24 AM
Yes the original is not quite so saturated , the camera and software have done their worst ! I would not print from a Jpeg anyway so I would take another TIF image and get it right for printing if It ever gets printed !

06-14-2018, 04:27 PM
Grand finish! Lots of interest and detail.

06-16-2018, 12:53 PM
Thank you Gaykir , I dont normally include figures at all in my work so this was breaking new ground for me and the group I paint with all liked elements of the picture .

06-17-2018, 01:11 PM
I don't offer suggestions unless anyone has mentioned C&C are requested. However, it looks like the gang has chimed in, and their suggestions have helped you :)

This is a beautiful painting and there's only one thing that really stands out to my eye that could be corrected - that is the ocean, which almost looks like a clam or saucer sitting on the land. Your ocean actually goes UP at the horizon line, further away from the beach, and the colors make it look as if it is convex, rising up towards its middle (at the far right of your canvas).

Not knowing much about seascape and bodies of water, not sure what is causing this. Maybe someone is more knowledgeable and can offer a tip? I think the answer lies in that area on the horizon line. (Water on beach washes upward as the terrain slopes up, and would be lower as the shelf goes down, yes? ) How about correcting the horizon line so it is completely horizontal?

I hope this helps, this painting is definitely a great success in all areas, and a difficult subject. It looks great!

06-17-2018, 04:07 PM
Enjoying exploring how you have composed this one!

06-17-2018, 04:16 PM
Regarding the horizon ,I agree it could do with lowering a pxel or two and the last image was oversaturated as pointed out.I shall correct these anomalies and post one LAST image .Watch this space :lol:

06-19-2018, 07:20 PM

06-20-2018, 05:33 PM
Sometimes itís good to move outside our comfort zone. You handled this new venture quite well.