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11-25-2003, 03:47 AM

Title: Something New...WIP
Year Created: 2003
Medium: Oil
Surface: Wood
Dimension: 20 x 24
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Trying something new.....spent 2 hours on this so far, and have been thinking about Hopper.

One more session and I think that this will be done. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks, Jim

11-25-2003, 03:51 AM
Ouch....hot spot (wet paint) on the bottom right!

11-25-2003, 06:04 AM
Nice & painterly, love the red roof , lighthouse & building!

Wayne Gaudon
11-25-2003, 06:42 AM
tons of character .. liking it.

11-25-2003, 08:06 AM
this has a wonderful twist in it where the lighthouse beomes higher and the fence stretches below and to the left.
color work is great.
and the rocks below are just desserts

Helen Zapata
11-25-2003, 10:48 AM
This is so DIFFERENT for you! But I LOVE it!!

WHY is it soooo HARD to drag my eyes away from your work?

That house... omg.. it's so cool! Fantastic, charming, magnificent, fabulous! I need new WORDS! I love it.

And the sky, the grass..the whole thing. It's absolutely charming, Jim!

Personally, the only thing I would do (myself) is tamp down the rocks a little. They are painted beautifully, but imagining them toned down a little so they don't distract from the rest might be the perfect finish. Maybe??

I'm about to start a commission that involves a pretty detailed building. You're giving me some ideas that might make it more fun!

Jim Fan

11-25-2003, 11:02 AM
Yep as soon as the top part of this opened on the screen, I said to myself, Jim's chasing Hopper again! LOL! This is wonderful! :clap:
Only thing I would say is there is a little white spot on the fence in front, if all your white highlights on the house and lighthouse where that bright, this would pop! Of course that might make it to cliched so... I have all the confidence the artist will know best :D


Rabbit Twilight
11-25-2003, 11:57 AM
Well, I like it a heck of a lot! This may be something you are fixing to address as you finish. But, it looks to me like the light is coming a little bit left of center. I would decide if I wanted the house to stand out, or the lighthouse....and then punch in a bit more light on one of them. Just some thoughts.
It is very nice.

11-25-2003, 12:07 PM
wow, love the look of this.....loose beautiful brushwork...makes me ask myself why this stands out so much....just your talent to make it all come together! :)

11-25-2003, 12:19 PM
Your signature cream and butter. Wonderful approach.

pero lane
11-25-2003, 12:23 PM
Awesome house!!!:)

Alan Cross
11-25-2003, 02:01 PM
Alan :)

11-25-2003, 03:08 PM
I guess it would take me 1O hours ! I like it especially the warmth in the pallette.

11-26-2003, 12:21 AM
Well, I spent some time....not much, on this tinight and I think that I am calling it done. But, is any painting ever done?

Thanks, Lorelou! I appreciate you looking and commenting.

Thank, Wayne! You work, you paint (alot), and comment too! I like that you took the time to stop by and look and comment on this one.

Thanks, Jerry!

Thanks, Helen! I wish that I could afford to pay you for the nice things that you always say!!! I know, I know, but thank you for your very kind comments! And hopefully your concerns about the foreground rocks have been dealt with.

Thanks, Mark! In this update I took your advice and punched up the lights....did it work, and is this what you were thinkinking about?

Thanks, Bobbi!....did I punch it up enough?

Dog gone it , Cathleen, and aw' shucks, thank you!

Thank you, Diane!

Thanks, Pat!...Man, would I like to live there!!!

Thanks, Alan! I appreciate you looking and commenting!

Thank you, Gilbertte! Hope that this completion meets everybodies expectations.

Thanks again to all. Jim

11-26-2003, 12:33 AM
Smells like money:D I've always admired Hopper, it's hard to go wrong with Hopper AND a lighthouse. Beautiful work.


11-26-2003, 12:46 AM
Thanks, Bob! This subject could be done quite nicely with a deft knife! Oh, and I bet we could talk a bit about furniture making....20+ years here. Jim

11-26-2003, 01:29 PM
Hey Jim, I like it but how do YOU think it works?


11-26-2003, 05:53 PM
hey Jim!
each time I try to post to this
my phone rings or someone needs me...
(must mean I shouldn't?...but, here goes anyway)

I think you could punch this up a bit more...
using your talented way with lighting drama
darks and brights

ie...the main house has some courners that could be darker
(this would better define its lines and the overall depth/body
of the structure)
two spots that I see are
*between the front A frame and the main body
*between the main house (back right)
and the "way" to the lighthouse (this one being less important)

the brights I leave to you...a touch more...

the overall composition is really grand
this structure and its place are very inviting
(and I usually do not like lighthouse paintings...dunno why)
I understand that the lighting is bright to begin with
and I also think you can keep going
to bring this to a perfect climax

you sure are punching out great work!

cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!!

11-26-2003, 09:42 PM
option #2...
you have total permission to throw
a piece of newly made furniture at me
(I could use some)
or brushes or paint...:D


11-27-2003, 12:07 AM
it feels dark to me but that is not a bad thing

love the final

Wayne Gaudon
11-27-2003, 06:50 AM
my vote stays with the first rendering as the better but it's your view that counts. :D

11-27-2003, 03:04 PM
Hey Jim!

Happy Thanksgiving...........:D

I know this lighthouse!

You may have taken some liberties with it's location,.;..but I've painted it numerous times myself......; -in watercolor.

You've got a nice, rich mood going here.
It's all good.

A small suggestion: The top edge of the rocks are a bit hard.
Nothing really breaks up that line........

It seems like they might be better integrated by "messing them up", and softening that line a little......

Best Wishes to you..........See you Saturday? Cheers,-Scott

11-28-2003, 05:46 PM
I would model the light on the house roof. The sun is shining on it ...but I see no variation in the color.


11-29-2003, 11:49 AM
Took a couple of days off to eat turkey, be lazy and think about what to do with this painting. After having digested the turkey and your comments and suggestions....this is what it has become!

Thanks, Mark! I think that I like it a bit better now.

Thanks, Giniaad! I tried to puch it up some...did it work? Too much?

Thanks, Wayne! It seems that every stage in a painting has it's delights.

Thanks, Scott! Took the edge off the rocks. This is a perfect watercolor scene! In fact, I was using so much medium in this it felt like I was doing a watercolor!

Thanks, Myles! I did some work on the roof. Better?

Thanks all. Jim

11-29-2003, 11:59 AM

You digest.................well:) See Ya,-Scott

11-29-2003, 01:18 PM
Wow! It really pops now Jim! Way to go :clap:


Helen Zapata
11-29-2003, 01:48 PM
YES!!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2003/13900-bananadance.gif

You've got that special woodguy light back again!


11-29-2003, 07:34 PM
Just perfect!! Love the light!! :)

11-30-2003, 02:32 AM
Thanks, Scott! No burps yet!

Thanks, Mark! And also, thanks for a delightful evening of wonderful food, drink and conversation....and seeing more of your work in person was amazing! The monitor just does not do justice to works posted here.

Thanks, Helen!!

Thank you, Cathleen! You should have made a quick trip down....there was plenty of fantastic lasagna...enough that Marcia sent us all home with doggy bags!

Thanks again all! Jim