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01-24-2007, 08:27 PM
Have not posted here in a while. Started did this painting the other day in soft pastels on Wallis 9 x 12 paper. I started with Nupastels, Windsor Newtons, and a few pastel pencils for details. Always look forward to all C & C from all you great pastel artists.
01-25-2007, 01:00 PM
Hi Claude, I had a look at your website. I really liked "COUNTRY WINTER BARNS" it has a very serene feel. And as an ex-farm girl what can I say!
01-25-2007, 03:52 PM
You have a fine work there and a good theme.
Now, let me post my considerations on what might improve this.
I know that this is a small photo of your work and even a bit blurred. However it seems to me that you could work on the depth of this work.
I could tell you to give more detail on the foreground to add depth, but from my point of view it's not a good option since I guess that your main focus is the egret. So what I'd do would be to keep the foreground as is, or even blurr it a bit more and try to make the egret more detailed, namely by working the light/shadows on him. Maybe also adding some colour temperature (it may not be much real, but it may look good).
Being the egret the main focus, now you may want to start creating depth field beyond him. Going into the background you may want to start lowering the colour temperature of the water. Or if you think that the colour temperature is more or less equal, try working the details on the water.
You can add some sunlight reflections on the water near the egret.
Well, I guess that's all. Sorry for all this speach :-)
01-25-2007, 04:32 PM
Claude..... What a charming painting.... I love your high contrast palette. I read Jose's comment on doing more work on the foreground and I agree that a little more contrast there would give the painting more depth... I think that Egret can hold it's own even if the foreground has a little more contrast in values. It's a great piece! Donna R.
01-26-2007, 10:51 AM
Judy - Thanks so much for checking out my website. Am glad that you
found the Barn painting. I really enjoyed doing that one !!
Jose - Thanks for the "speach" you brought out some great points and
always enjoy all the help I can get.
Donna R. - Will certainly try to work on that foreground. Great suggestion!
01-26-2007, 10:41 PM
I like the rhythms of this piece. Others have already commented on strengthening the aerial perspective by punching up the foreground a tiny bit. Alternatively,you could lighten the tonal value of the background water as it nears the top of the page, and grey it slightly.
01-27-2007, 12:31 PM
Beautiful bird...love the water. I agree with the others' comments.
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