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Lobster Alla Prima
02-02-2006, 12:01 AM

Title: Lebanon Trail
Year Created: 2005
Medium: Mixed-Media
Surface: Board
Dimension: 16x20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This was a fun attempt to use every type of paint I had in the house. However, I'm not sure the mixed media added any advantages over doing it all in one media. What do you think? I thought the watercolor sky was realistic and the mountains benefited from the matte of the gouache, casein, and egg tempura used. But, the foreground could probably have been one media and come out the same.

There's also a time-increment photo of the various media going on it but it's not uploading. Sorry.

1) Does the mixed media add anything to it or should I have just stuck to one media? 2) Do you have any cautions on media not to mix in layers (other than no water-based paints on top of oils). I wondered for example about the permanence of stuff on top of Flashe Vinyl. A no no? 3) How would you protect a mixed media painting like this? I thought under glass. A spray varnish is possible but may mess with the watercolor. A brush on varnish would be totally disruptive.

02-02-2006, 11:37 PM
I'm sorry, I really don't have any suggestions mixed media and the care thereof...but what I would like to talk to you about are your tonal values.

This is a lovely painting. You've given us a bright sunny day...beautiful flowers...a lovely expanse of field and mountains. the problem that I see here is you have such dark tones on throughout the painting. As things get further away from us they become more gray in value, they lose focus, they become lighter.

If you lighten up those mountains and soften your lines that will push your mountains back in space. then feel free to add more rich darks to the foreground and spice up the detail on your main focus...

Or you could try leaving the mountains as they are but severely punch up the darks in the foreground. there would naturally be some visable difference to such a distance.

I do like the way you have handled the mountains. I like the rich colours...but as a whole the painting could stand to be pushed to the next level.

If you take your photo of the painting and convert it to black and white this will help you to see the tonal values of the painting.

Hope this helps.

02-03-2006, 04:30 PM
Interesting subject and composition.
I like all the different kinds of plants.
You could make the sky a little bluer to contrast the ground more.

Lobster Alla Prima
02-03-2006, 08:04 PM
Thank you both. I really appreciate the feedback on tonal values because that's a persistent problem for me. Usually I have to do a monochrome to get better tone. This is one of the Achilles heels of being self taught. The paintings can get close but they seldom make it to that next level. Thanks.

02-03-2006, 08:20 PM
i like the hill shaping