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06-14-2004, 11:05 AM
Yesterday, I thought I would try just sky and water with an indication of a boat far int he distance, hardly there. I wanted to see if I could use more of a pallatte then just lots of blue. What do you think? All comments are welcome. I also tried the computer and used equalization and oil to see how it would come out. It is the painting below this comment.Soory the second picture wouldn't cooperate. 2003maryann

06-14-2004, 04:04 PM
Hello, I like the colors and the way you painted both the sky and the sea, but I have the feeling that a stronger composition would make the whole think even stronger. I'm not a specialist, but you may try some crops on the computer.


Marty C
06-14-2004, 07:22 PM
Hi mary ann,
Wonderful sky with good colour and variation. You certainly have a short sea running here, very good movement but for my money the green is probably a little too strong. The hint of the yacht is quite good, the whole piece speaks of the vastness and loneliness of the ocean. Great job.

06-15-2004, 12:09 PM
The 1st picture is with computer equaliztion, the 2nd is with oil effect. I thought the picture showed the yellow, green too harsly here. I also redid the water again with less yellowish green. I haven't scanned it yet but as soon as I do I will show it to you.
Thanks for the suggestions appreciate all the comments, they help a lot.2003maryann

06-18-2004, 08:59 AM
Hi Maryann. LOVE IT! You have a way with skys and colour. Great work.

06-19-2004, 11:53 AM
I love the sky.
I am not a trained artist, but the water peaks too high and too narrow. ??
I think if the waves were deeper and wider it would look better.

But who am I?
I love the sky.


06-21-2004, 01:49 PM
Sometimes the swells in between the waves can be higher and to me this seemed reasonable. Thank you foryour comments.

06-21-2004, 09:26 PM
maryann, ya got lots of emotion in yer painting. I almost got sea sick just looking at it. :o Try using one blue, red, and yellow, and tone em down. You will find there are a lot of greys in the sea, and sky, that is if yer looking fer realism.


Dirt Dude
06-21-2004, 10:18 PM
The sea reminds me of a place between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Rosa Island offshore Santa Barbara. It's called the "potato patch" by commercial fisherman. Swells from different directions come together with the gap between islands and produce pointy standing waves.

You painting brings me back to that... pretty hairy in a small boat. The only thing I could think to recommend (although its' great now) would be whitecaps and wind spray. Then it would be very nasty conditions making the viewer glad to be in a warm house.


06-22-2004, 03:51 AM
Looks very good nice action going on here , plenty of interest in this one---------well done----------Alan

06-24-2004, 01:17 PM
I feel complimented to know my work makes everyone sea sick. Living on the boat everyday has lots of rythm to it, especially in Prickly Bay, it never stops. Now that I am in Trinidad in the Carnenage It will be lots calmer, no rollers per say. I have reworked this piece and tried to tone down the yellow, green color with white. I haven't scanned it yet, still settling in since we arrived in Trinidad. I appreciate all of your replys, thank you.

07-01-2004, 09:54 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2004/20472-thumbnail__series_1_reworked_sky_an_d_water.jpghere is my reworked version of sky and water #1 2003maryann

07-01-2004, 01:32 PM
maryann, It is getting better. Could I suggest that the yellow in the sky be toned down in the water. I took yer painting to Paint Shop Pro. and grey scaled it. Yer values are good, but the yellow in the waves bothers me.


07-05-2004, 11:28 AM
I agree with you and I thought I did just that, but the yellow is stronger than the white I tried to tone it down with. I am going to try gesso and just cover it over and see what happens. Thank you for your input. I am now trying to show another series of a sky and water painting in grayish green and blues. I call it series #2 sky and water. 2003maryann

07-05-2004, 12:45 PM
Just keep painting, and drawing maryann. The reward is in the doing. One day a light will go off in yer minde, and you will say ohh! that is how its done. I am self tought, and learned by paying attention to how those happy little accidents happened in my paintings, and now they are not accidents. :D


07-07-2004, 04:15 AM
that sky is to DIE for!!
you sea makes me feel quite sick, thank you I am NOOO sailor! YUK..
You have a tendency to do something I sometimes do, and that's to end up with what could almost be two paintings..with such very different sharp/soft demarcations between top half and bottom half..
the strong colours of the sea perhaps? not fitting quite with the very diffused light of the sky..HOWEVER>> depends the look you're going for..and perhaps like me you are pulled between realism and expressionist..
nowadays, I try to decide which one I'm doing.. if necessary do one realistic then another expressionistic/semi abstract..that works well and satisfies both my cravings! :D:D you could try it..
so waht medium do you use, and how about a WIP of a sky for us? pretty please?(you could put a little bit of sea in to fit the forum:D)

07-19-2004, 03:25 AM
Im sorry, what does WIP mean? I used acrylic paint. Thanks for the insight about the two concepts. I think you are right.

07-20-2004, 05:15 AM
It means Work in progress, sometimes it a great help to see what the other artists are doing and how they arrive at the finished article---------Alan