View Full Version : Portage Lake, Michigan

06-04-2006, 05:48 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2006/79839-eP6030096.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2006/79839-eP6030095.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2006/79839-eP6030094.jpg I haven't done plein air work in a long time- in fact my paint brushes are pretty rusty! :eek: We were in Northern Michigan last week and I dragged my stuff and did these: acrylic, 9x12 and about a half hour a piece with pretty large brushes (on the edge for the details- I may have gone overboard on details of the first one. The sunset I did from memory after coming back from the lake for the evening show. These are a little embarassing to post but I'd like to get some feedback, C+C welcome. I've got a lot to learn!
One cool thing is that I used a plastic Masterson palette and it really kept my paint moist for a couple days. :cat:

06-04-2006, 06:06 PM
Very nice! I especially like your clouds.
I have spent some time there, is that where portage lake meets Lake Michigan?

06-04-2006, 06:21 PM
The first two are where Portage Lake meets Lake Michigan! Good eye! ~no pun intended... Also a good eye on your Avatar!

Thanks for your generous comments.

06-05-2006, 05:24 PM
Is T the only person who can throw me a bone on this? Any hints from those with more experience? 68 people looking at these ghastly attempts and only one note of encouragement? :confused: Thanks, youse guys!!! :rolleyes:

06-05-2006, 06:19 PM
hey, easy there! we're gettin to it! i do think #3 is the best of the 3, but there is a quality that i like in #2 also. somehow, #1 makes me feel like its warped somehow, like a zoom lens camera. maybe just me, as i am very new at this also!! i think by the time you got to #3, you were warmed and ready!! so now, keep going!!

Marcella B
06-05-2006, 06:24 PM
I like no. 3 the best, but I think it would help no.1 and no.2 if they were cropped. JMO for whatever it's worth.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2006/68878-no._1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2006/68878-no._2.jpg

06-05-2006, 07:19 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Chewie! I was feeling a little vulnerable! I know what you mean about the 'warp' look on #1, it really is flat...just the brushstrokes! I'm thinking of working on it with some oil pastels and layering and scraping like one of my WC heroes (you know who you are- if life gives you lemons...!) Stay tuned.:thumbsup:

Marcella, great cropping. Thanks for your effort. It helps me see these in a new way!:clap:


06-05-2006, 08:44 PM
LOL..."good eye!" YOU!
I'm going to be the odd one out and say that I prefer the first one. The colors are much cleaner for one thing. Wait, let me wipe my warped lenses off (the old eyes are going)..yup! I still like the first one. ;) The third one looks like it was done after a few glasses of wine, then done as as seen through the dirty glass. (I know you were just on holidays there, so that's partly why the wine reference!) The colors are foggy and muddy in the third, and seems like you may have been in a hurry to go have more wine.. The first one is fresh and the air is crisp..I can feel it. But I feel drunk in the third! Interesting how we all see things so differently..which is why we want as many opinions as possible when we post things, right?
The only part in #1 that reads flat for me is the left area - the short space behind the large rockface.. the rock itself could be lightened and softened just a little, you're probably going for drama in this one it seems like, so not too much lighter..and in the distance beyond it some greyed tones maybe, or darker near the ground to help it recede more and also give a little definition. I like the colors in that one a lot, and especially that they aren't blended.
The clouds are the most successful part of #3...you have a good feeling for skies.
Good thinking, Marcella to crop the sunset painting.. yes, there was maybe too much water in the foreground.
All in all a really good effort, Virginia; impressive that you went for it. It's also good that you shared these; it's difficult to share work that we are unsure of, and that's what I appreciate most here. I need to get out there and do some plein air too, and feel a gentle push coming from your direction.
Please send me a note wherever you post OK..this is a huge place and I haven't had time to be adventurous yet.

06-06-2006, 09:35 AM
Well, there WAS wine involved during our holiday, but not while the painting was going on...that might have helped! I agree, the colors on the third one are a bit muddy, but I was going for atmospheric perspective. I'm going off to the studio to try my oil pastel theory.

06-06-2006, 12:41 PM

The oil pastel was fun- harder than it looks!! I pushed one to the point that I'll have to strip the canvas off and stretch another piece. I'll save reworking the sunset for a day where it'd be good to paint down in the studio. Today is so beautiful, I did the pastel on the porch but now the garden is calling. Thanks for your comments and assistance. Hard to crop a piece of masonite! so I'll stick with the compositions until I rework them onto another support, Marcella.

Marcella B
06-06-2006, 02:25 PM
The main thing is to just keep paintings, we're all learning.