View Full Version : My first paintings here :)

07-26-2005, 05:03 PM
Here they are..I'll insert some comments on each one on the next few days..I'd like to hear your comments and suggestions, please.

1 - (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6559/dsc005055ds.jpg)http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/9286/dsc001221qn.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/9286/dsc001221qn.jpg)

2 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/1563/dsc001239mh.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/1563/dsc001239mh.jpg)

3 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7914/dsc001262rw.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7914/dsc001262rw.jpg)

4 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6043/dsc001639tu.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6043/dsc001639tu.jpg)

07-26-2005, 05:05 PM
Some more..
5 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7286/dsc004588nk.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7286/dsc004588nk.jpg)

6 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6719/dsc004976yu.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6719/dsc004976yu.jpg)

7 - http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/53/dsc005035zl.th.jpg (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/53/dsc005035zl.jpg)

8 - http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6559/dsc005055ds.th.jpg (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6559/dsc005055ds.jpg)

07-26-2005, 05:05 PM
9 - http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/9738/dsc005069gy.th.jpg (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/9738/dsc005069gy.jpg)

10 - http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6771/dsc005097uy.th.jpg (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6771/dsc005097uy.jpg)

11 - http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/4631/dsc005105yg.th.jpg (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/4631/dsc005105yg.jpg)

12 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/7720/dsc005135pt.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/7720/dsc005135pt.jpg)

07-26-2005, 05:06 PM
13 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1788/dsc005187tv.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/1788/dsc005187tv.jpg)

14 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6442/dsc005324rm.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc005324rm.jpg)

15 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2116/dsc005211fn.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/2116/dsc005211fn.jpg)

16 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6339/dsc005243xo.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/6339/dsc005243xo.jpg)

07-26-2005, 05:07 PM
Last one:

17 - http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/543/dsc005286cf.th.jpg (http://img183.imageshack.us/img183/543/dsc005286cf.jpg)

07-26-2005, 11:02 PM
They are all good. Keep working, your style is good. I can't comment on just one, they all look good. Some I like better than others. But that is natural. Jan

Lady Carol
07-27-2005, 12:34 AM
Great angles on some of them but perspective is off in many of the buildings. If you want specific comments, it is better to post them individually next time. But of course please don't flood the forum. Just post as you paint them.

Welcome to the fourm. You have an interesting style. Hope you post more soon.

King Rundzap
07-27-2005, 09:21 AM
For your first paintings, these are really impressive. My main advice is to keep at it, and try not to get bogged down with worrying about too many "rules" that people will give you. Just continue in the vein you're working in, and make each new work an opportunity to explore your materials (paints, brushes, mediums, etc.) in a new way. If you want to think about "rules", try to tackle one small thing in each new painting. If you try to tackle too many at once, it's way too overwhelming, and you just might give up. The majority of what you learn is just going to be by painting a lot.

You tackled some stuff with challenging technical "problems" re perspective and did a great job. I especially like the unusual angle of #3, the church, and I like the contrast of the clean architectural style with the more expressionist stuff happening in the blue rectangular area just below the center. Your bricks work really well, too.

Keep at it!

Oh -- I just saw the other posts too. #5 I love, that's probably my favorite out of all of them so far, based on looking at them quickly.

But that's great that you're working fast and prolifically--that's exactly what you need to do. You have a lot of great things happening in a lot of the paintings. I'll try to mention a few:

#6 is interesting in that you have a patterning that's becoming almost completely abstract.

Here's a good reason to not listen to closely to "rules"--for #7, most folks would say that it's a bit "unbalanced"--almost everything is happening on the right hand side of the picture. But to me, that's exactly what's interesting about it! For one, you have a bit of an abstract composition developing between the clouds and the cliffs (people will also say to watch "kissing" or two shapes touching each other, but that's what gives the interesting shape in this case)--it looks almost organic, and almost architectural. Plus, the heavy dominance of elements on the right hand side can easily be read metaphorically--the ocean as a desert-like expanse. This one became more interesting to me the more I looked at it. And if you followed the "rules" there, I wouldn't have looked at it nearly as long, because I'd think, "Nnngh, how exciting, another ocean landscape . . . NEXT!" But the unusual properties held my attention.

#8 -- great sky happening in this one.

#9 -- it's Rothko as a landscape artist. Very interesting. You also have a cool face happening in the sun's reflection on the water, and I love that the coloration is more like a night scene, but it's day. That's probably the most intriguing thing to me about this one.

#10 -- interesting perspective. I like the overall feel of this one, too.

#11--the subject is interesting and kind of enigmatic. It's could also be metaphorical in that you've got a lot more happening in the very upper right hand corner of the picture--with a "busy" forest, a bright blue sky, etc., but you're focusing on this odd, thin, architectural structure (which is rendered well in terms of realism, by the way). Intriguing for those unusual properties.

#12 -- I like your sky and hills a lot. I also like the odd mirror-symmetry properties of the main building. Plus the changes in the grass colors are intriguing.

#13 -- nice, unusual usage of darker colors. Plus I love the strange darker patterns on the house.

#14 -- This may be my second favorite work you posted. Everything works excellently. The monochromaticism, the composition, and you've got some very nice, odd quirks, such as the stuff in the upper portion of the canvas, which is somewhere between sky, foliage, cotton, etc. -- beautiful!

#15 -- again a reason not to listen to closely to "rules". There are some wonky things happening there in terms of perspective. But, that's what would make this picture work for me. If it were the same picture with "correct perspective", of a church, I wouldn't look at it for very long. I would actually exaggerate the wonky perspective stuff more, ala van Gogh.

#16 -- wow--I love your water in this one!

#17 -- I think I like your trees the best in this one.

Well, I ended up commenting on each painting. Sorry I didn't also do that for the earlier ones. Lots of good stuff happening here. Keep it up! Please don't lose your more unusual qualities by heeding the "rules" too much.

07-27-2005, 10:55 AM
Hello and Welcome Nelnun! I see you are a prolific painter and share our love for acrylics. I particularly like # Leaves and #11 The Screened Porch - these are both right up my alley! I have no suggestions to help you as I am a fairly new painter - struggling on my own path.

07-27-2005, 01:38 PM
I like #5 very much.

Keep going!

07-27-2005, 02:42 PM
I'm here to thank you all, for your opinion anf for the courage you give me to continue. It's time for me to present myself. My name is Nelson Nunes, I'm portuguese, from Oporto ( do you remember F.C.Porto European football championship? - just for you to know where Oporto is). I'm a "selfmadepainter", once I've never have painting lessons. I'm 49 years old. And I have lots of love to give to acrilic paintings. A special Thank for King Rundzap for your long and teaching analysis. And please remember, you all, I'm having my first steps in painting. See you. Nelson

07-27-2005, 03:05 PM
Hi Nelson, welcome to WC! and the Acrylics forum, thanks for sharing your pieces; you're showing promise. Once you're more familiar with the site don't be shy about asking for specific help in some of the other forums like composition, colour theory and landscapes. We also have a couple of critique forums, Structured Critiques being the most suitable if you want constructive commentary that will highlight your strengths and weaknesses so you'll have a better idea of what areas you might need to work on.

I'd like to encourage you to use our own image-placement options (Attach Files, second option below the text-entry window, or the image upload feature which you can now access by clicking on the Insert Image icon http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/editor/insertimage.gif in the middle of the formatting commands above the window). This is preferable from our point of view to maintain thread continuity down the line.

My main advice is to keep at it, and try not to get bogged down with worrying about too many "rules" that people will give you. This advice may suit some painters, particularly those that don't like rules, but since it would appear Nelson is interested in realistic painting it's not particularly apt here, since there are a lot of rules of thumb that do need to be followed for successful representational landscapes - including linear and atmospheric perspective.


07-27-2005, 03:17 PM
[QUOTE=nelnun]Here they are..I'll insert some comments on each one on the next few days..I'd like to hear your comments and suggestions, please.

1 - (http://img287.imageshack.us/img287/6559/dsc005055ds.jpg)http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/9286/dsc001221qn.th.jpgThis is an old part of Oporto, called "Ribeira" and it was considered an World Patrymony. (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/9286/dsc001221qn.jpg)

2 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/1563/dsc001239mh.th.jpgThis was an old market at the old part of my city (Oporto), and now it's a beatiful local for expositions. (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/1563/dsc001239mh.jpg)

3 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7914/dsc001262rw.th.jpgThis church was built in 1394, it's near river Douro, and it's and it's in honour of "Infante D. Henrique", who was responsible for Portuguese Discoveries around the world. (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/7914/dsc001262rw.jpg)

4 - http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6043/dsc001639tu.th.jpg (http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/6043/dsc001639tu.jpg) This one I offered my nephew and niece, who married last 10th june.

07-28-2005, 02:53 PM

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jul-2005/65545-DSC00826.jpgTwo more paintings for you to give me your analisus, Thank you, Nelson.
The first one is my father's villagehouse; the second it's a photo I saw in a photogallery and offered to my daughter ( one more!!!!!!!!!!!). See you . Another painting?????? is coming soon!

07-28-2005, 11:22 PM
Love the window---kind of dramatic--yet so revealing--keep it up you are gatting the hang of it.


07-29-2005, 04:40 AM
HI! WELCOME to WC NELSON! #11 and 13 are my fav's. as well as the last one. Interesting views. I like these because of the realistic nature of them. Keep up the good work!
I'm 35 (36 next week...argh!) and just started painting this past few months as well...Lots of good folks in here to offer support, advise and interesting views...as well as pats on the back, which we all need from time to time! Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

07-29-2005, 02:52 PM
Hi, thank you again for your opinions. I hope that I'm not (as lady Carol says, and she's with all the reason) flooding the forum, but these were all or almost all my paintings in the last year. Of course the're finishing. There are two or three more, but I'll post them later. I'm also finishing one other. For the moment it's enough. Até ŕ vista (that's portuguese, and it means see you)