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NDee
09-14-2007, 11:06 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Sep-2007/72528-Landscape_002resize.jpg

I did this as a donation for an auction where I hope to pick up some business but has a picky committee that I was worried about, plus it has been a while since I did a landscape, but I found out today that it was accepted. Now it will be interesting to see how much it will bring. As always, I'm open to C&C because I'm not so sure this was my best work. Thank you for your time.

1100ww
09-14-2007, 11:07 PM
this looks really nice. the sky is expansive, and the hills just keep going farther into the distance. very well done, congrats.

JamieWG
09-14-2007, 11:16 PM
Nancy, I love your sky! The distances read well and the very back hill edge is nicely softened. My only crit is a small one regarding the hills. The pointy hill comes up very close to the middle of the canvas with a rather hard edge. I'd like to see it a little softer and moved to one side or the other (preferably the left). Also, the front two hills are very similar in shape and value. Congratulations on the acceptance, and I hope it does very well at auction. Keep us posted!

Jamie

idcrisis55
09-14-2007, 11:49 PM
This is a lovely landscape with nicely done aerial perspective. I've seen many vistas that look like this. I enjoyed viewing this painting and hope it does very well at auction. :)

jan409
09-15-2007, 12:04 AM
Beautiful. Jan

debsn2paintn
09-15-2007, 01:58 AM
The clouds are wonderful, and it has lots of depth. Very pretty.

Andun
09-15-2007, 05:09 AM
Picky or not Nancy they showed good sense choosing your painting! It looks wonderful and should garner a good price:)

Margaret 59
09-15-2007, 07:39 AM
Congrats. and good luck at the auction of this very lovely painting.:thumbsup: :clap:
What size is it?

NDee
09-15-2007, 11:11 AM
Thank you all VERY much for your responses. Sorry I forgot to mention the size - 28 x 22. I wanted to do it bigger so that you could get a better feel of the immensity of the view but they wanted me to keep it small-ish. Jamie, the middle mountain bothered me a lot too and I should have tried to soften it a bit more but I couldn't move it as the attendees of this auction are locals and will know this location very well. However, now that you've mentioned it, I could have changed my perspective somewhat to eliminate that problem. Hmmm, I'll have to go back up there and look at this spot again! What a shame, a day spent in the mountains - poor me(heh, heh)
Thank you all again for taking the time to comment.

JamieWG
09-15-2007, 11:40 AM
Thank you all VERY much for your responses. Sorry I forgot to mention the size - 28 x 22. I wanted to do it bigger so that you could get a better feel of the immensity of the view but they wanted me to keep it small-ish. Jamie, the middle mountain bothered me a lot too and I should have tried to soften it a bit more but I couldn't move it as the attendees of this auction are locals and will know this location very well. However, now that you've mentioned it, I could have changed my perspective somewhat to eliminate that problem. Hmmm, I'll have to go back up there and look at this spot again! What a shame, a day spent in the mountains - poor me(heh, heh)
Thank you all again for taking the time to comment.

Nancy, I know what you mean about moving elements in familiar locations. However, I can assure you from experience that shifting things slightly to benefit a composition isn't something people will pick up on. They will recognize the peak, but not it's exact central location. As you said, those elements move depending on exactly where you stand. I compress/move elements in landscapes all the time to work best for the proportions of my canvas. Just pull out your Artistic License if anybody says anything. ;) Remembering that people buy paintings for our own, unique artistic vision is what helped me to understand that it is not only okay to do that, but necessary! Keeping the recognizable elements in the painting as they appear, but moving them slightly or adjusting proportions to make more impact is a good thing. That's one of the ways in which painters have it over photographers!

There are lots of views I've struggled with many times in that regard, to try to come away with a painting that worked artistically, as well as representing the surroundings. That wide view of the Hudson River that I just posted in a thread here is one of them. I can't even count how many times I've painted that scene in different ways, but it took a couple of years before I understood what I needed to change in the scene to make it work on canvas. (Shhh....don't tell! ;) )

Jamie

Paulafv
09-15-2007, 11:59 AM
Congratulations. Well done and lovely transition from range to range. Great colors. I agree with Jamie, because the centered gray hill stood out, but I doubt anyone will care. Some rules can be broken, even this one, and since it is so lovely, I think you have license to break the rules.

LavenderFrost
09-15-2007, 01:17 PM
It's a beautiful painting. Great sky and feeling of distance.

NDee
09-15-2007, 08:53 PM
Thank you Jamie and Paula! I think I grew new dendrites(new brain bits) for that bit of artistic license. It was an ah-ha moment for me. I've certainly noticed it in other ways and subjects but didn't think it could apply to something so familiar or easily gotten to and viewed by persons who may own this piece. I felt rather un-loose as I did this anyway because of the type of crowd that will be viewing it. I think I'll try to trust my instincts next time I try a local subject. Thank you for that very much!

ArtMusicFilm
09-15-2007, 09:01 PM
Beautiful painting! Congrats on getting accepted!

Paul

NDee
09-16-2007, 09:25 PM
Thank you Paul!

C_Line
09-16-2007, 11:41 PM
Congratulations! It's a delightful painting and I'm sure will do splendidly.