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Mikey
07-20-2004, 12:01 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-20-2004/28043_canal_countryside.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Canal Countryside
Year Created: 2004
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 18 x 24
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
A place near me, Warwickshire, UK.

The blue sky is a bit sort of Kodak Ektachrome.

I've had to leave Coming Home for the time being and may paint over it. I'll see. I just cannot make it work right now.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Any comments please.

Mikey

V-A
07-20-2004, 12:39 PM
Hi Mikey!
I want to swim in there! :)
Is that knife work on that tree on the left side? It has some nice detail in it.

haaf
07-20-2004, 01:03 PM
Mikey !! I think it's time to do your victory dance.
Caroline ;)

A Few Pigments
07-20-2004, 01:09 PM
What is it your having problems with? What makes you want to paint over it?

Mikey
07-20-2004, 01:21 PM
Thanks V-A. Mind you it could be a bit murky for swim. Caroline this one was so easy I'm waiting to hear what's wrong. Then again perhaps everybody else always finds it that easy.

Pigments it's the Coming Home painting I cannot get right. Maybe I'll carry on and consolidate my ground with what I know best. Painting from the imagination works for me sometimes, but not that one.

Mikey

A Few Pigments
07-20-2004, 01:35 PM
Well, when I look at it the only thing that bothers me is itís hard to tell where the light is coming from. May be from over the left shoulder or from the left side with the sun mid way betwixt horizon and zenith? May be if the light was behind the clouds you could manage a more dramatic play of values in the first row of trees and the open area of grass. Thereís a good range of values but the way light is hitting things now nothing really stands out on itís own enough. Iím probably completely wrong about this but it just seems to lack drama. Well, my opinion and five pounds might get you a jar at the pub. Good luck old boy. At the end of the day it's a jolly good painting.

Mikey
07-20-2004, 01:40 PM
Thanks for the comments Pigments. You'll find the original photo in my reference library, with some other photos I took that early evening.

Mikey

Michael-Ann
07-20-2004, 01:56 PM
Mikey this is beautiful - your description of Kodak Ektachrome is so perfect! The saturated colors are a feast for the eyes and the canal works so well. Wow!

Mikey
07-20-2004, 02:03 PM
Mikey this is beautiful - your description of Kodak Ektachrome is so perfect! The saturated colors are a feast for the eyes and the canal works so well. Wow!

I have a Kodak EasyShare. That must be it.

I'm doing another pretty girl now. She looks so innocent and sweet.

Mikey

Michael-Ann
07-20-2004, 02:08 PM
...I'm doing another pretty girl now. She looks so innocent and sweet.

uh oh.

Mikey
07-20-2004, 03:10 PM
uh oh.

Truly I could have taken this one home to me Mum.

Mikey

Gilberte
07-20-2004, 03:41 PM
Mikey,
I like the scenery, the palette and the composition, all of it but ....... IMHO the reflected clouds in the water really do look like clouds instead of water and I think a few horizontal strokes and some softening of the water's palette would solve the problem (or is it MY problem ?)
Ciao ;)

A Few Pigments
07-20-2004, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Mikey
MY COMMENTS:
A place near me, Warwickshire, UK.

The blue sky is a bit sort of Kodak Ektachrome.

I've had to leave Coming Home for the time being and may paint over it. I'll see. I just cannot make it work right now.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Any comments please.

Mikey
This is the kind of thing I had in mind about making it a little more dramatic. I darkened the water, darkened the foliage on the left, darkened the bushes or grass at the side of the water on the left and darkened all the reflections of the foliage in the water. I donít think this is any better than yours, itís just a different way to do it. I was concerned when you said ďI just cannot make it work right now.Ē I hope this helps but I think youíre at a point with your art that you really need the help. :)

Mikey
07-20-2004, 04:09 PM
Thanks Bruce and Gilberte. I need all the help can get right now because I don't have a teacher for the summer. I'm not even certain if I'm going back to the class yet.

Mikey

Moosehead
07-20-2004, 05:15 PM
I like it Mikey. I thought the reflections were well done, assuming the water is quite still. I also notice that both positive and negative shapes are clear and work well for a nice composition.
It's interesting to see you move about with your subject matter, portaiture, still life, and landscape. I've been doing the same. For me I'm sort of "testing the waters" to see what what subject matter I most enjoy painting, and to see what I'm best at (hopefully they are the same). Who knows, maybe I'll always enjoy a variety-perhaps you as well.
By the way, do you do any of your painting en plein air?

A Few Pigments
07-20-2004, 05:18 PM
Originally posted by Mikey
Thanks Bruce and Gilberte. I need all the help can get right now because I don't have a teacher for the summer. I'm not even certain if I'm going back to the class yet.
Originally posted by A Few Pigments
I was concerned when you said ďI just cannot make it work right now.Ē I hope this helps but I think youíre at a point with your art that you really need the help.
Leave it to me to mess up even something as simple as a post. I DIDNíT mean to say ďI think youíre at a point with your art that you really need the helpĒ. What I meant to say was I think youíre at a point with your art that you really DONíT need the help. Sorry about that.

Anyway donít worry about a teacher, youíre art is much better than the art of most of the teachers I had.

Mikey
07-20-2004, 05:25 PM
Thanks Jon. I have done plein air painting, but usually take the photos and choose the one I like. I'm used to composing a picture in the camera viewfinderI've done still life paintings for practise from the real objects. Just look at the old masters and you'll realise what superb still life painters they were, even as portraitists. I think a whole range of skills are necessary to put into one painting. People have advised me to specialise, but that can become boring.

Mikey

Mikey
07-20-2004, 05:33 PM
Hey Pigments, we aren't going to worry about a small thing like that, no way.

I have been so very lucky having a teacher who is good. It's remarkable, because this is a leisure painting class and I don't really have any right to epect such a standard of teaching.

I'm not worried about the Coming Home painting not working. I'll probably just paint over it.

Mikey

giniaad
07-20-2004, 07:04 PM
Hey Mikey!

really nice sky and clouds...
and I have seen water so still that it mirrors the sky like this...nice...

the only thing that bothers me
are the greens...
the greens of the foreground...look the same as the background
not very good distancing...and I know you know about all that...
a bit of fuzzing the tops of those distant trees would be good too...

remember...the camera sees better than the eye...
especially those automatic cameras
fyi...using a manual 35mm camera,
you can use settings that simulate the eye better
and have an image that better suits human reality
for painting references

a very pleasing piece...
cheers to you!

Mikey
07-20-2004, 07:30 PM
You're right Gini, not enough arial perspective. Many thanks.

Mikey

mfoxmelanson
07-20-2004, 08:26 PM
I LOVE the composition and the color!

M.

YLCIA
07-20-2004, 10:14 PM
Mikey,
I like the scenery, the palette and the composition, all of it but ....... IMHO the reflected clouds in the water really do look like clouds instead of water and I think a few horizontal strokes and some softening of the water's palette would solve the problem (or is it MY problem ?)
Ciao ;)

Mikey, I am with Gilberte :)

Julia

Mikey
07-21-2004, 01:51 AM
Thanks Margaret and Julia. JUst a few finishing touches.

Mikey