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09-17-2007, 01:30 AM
Hi All - I packed my kit and went plein air painting this morning down to a large pond not far from home, which has been developed a bit with a boardwalk and picnic pergola.
The painting is about 18"w x 7 1/4"h - gessoed masonite
Suggestions or critique are always welcome!

09-17-2007, 01:51 AM
Very tranquil scene, beautifully painted.

09-17-2007, 02:49 AM
Beautiful. The colour is great. It has a glassy clear quality..

S V Wadwankar
09-17-2007, 02:54 AM
Nice painting.
I am not an expert in this subject but the dark area on the righthand side of the picture is distracting. You may think of reducing its size.

09-17-2007, 04:01 AM
Thanks Lulu

Thanks Naomi - we had a light fog earlier in the morning and it was still clearing in the background when I got under way, which helped fade the background and (hopefully) enhance the clarity of the foreground.

Hi SV - thanks for the comment. I pretty much painted what I saw, and was aware that there was a large dark mass on the right. To me, it helps to convey the direction and angle of light. I don't think I will change anything at this stage, but I'll look at it again tomorrow with fresh eyes and see what happens.

09-17-2007, 04:37 AM
OK - I'll take that one on the chin! I had a long look and a bit of a fiddle with the treemass on the right and decided to incorporate a bit of background in the corner - I pumped a bit more colour into the bank and the foreground trees and left it at that for now -

09-17-2007, 06:48 AM
David, well done plein aire. Great sense of light and like the changes you made to the right side.

09-17-2007, 07:23 AM
Beautiful scene. Beautiful painting. Jan

09-17-2007, 07:25 AM
I think it's lovely. Your subtle adjustments definitely brought more air into the scene.

09-17-2007, 08:09 AM
Thanks Ann!

Thanks Jan!

Thanks Celeste!

It did feel a bit weighty on the right - I'm glad you like the changes.

09-17-2007, 10:33 AM
WOW, this is wonderful.....I wish I were there

09-17-2007, 01:26 PM
This is a beautiful painting! Painting from life is so rewarding. Most of my landscapes are scenes that I remember from the UP of Michigan.


09-17-2007, 01:29 PM
Beautiful painting.

09-17-2007, 02:32 PM
very well done, enjoyed visiting your beautiful country very much.

09-17-2007, 07:47 PM
Beautiful stuff, I can tell your very comfortable with the Medium


09-17-2007, 09:59 PM
You do beautiful work.:thumbsup: I visited your web site and your landscapes are awesome. I would love to be in this scene having a picnic.

09-17-2007, 10:33 PM
Hi TxAggieDarlin - thanks - it's a nice spot, especially at the moment - it's spring here and everything is blooming

Hi Lois - I agree, painting from life is rewarding - except, I will tell you that when I was starting this painting, 10 minutes in I was rained on by a low flying bird! There are all sorts of things that can happen outdoors

Hi LavenderFrost - thanks

Hi DOC - thanks - when did you visit and where had you come from?

Hi dlarson - thank you - yes, I do like acrylic - certainly for it's ability to dry fast. It means I can get more painting done without the picture turning to mud!

Hi Gail - I'm glad you liked the site - if ever you visit Australia I'd be happy to show you the picnic spot!

09-18-2007, 01:04 AM
Wow, this is really excellent, esp. considering it's plein aire, in acrylic, and 18"w x 7 1/4"h. Holy moly. Astonishing.

chammi kaiser
09-18-2007, 03:20 AM
David. It is a wonderful painting - really tranquil and the water is terrific.

09-18-2007, 03:23 AM
excellent plein aire

09-18-2007, 05:46 AM
Thanks Metalhead - of course, they don't all work out! I have plenty of plein air attempts that never quite got off the launching pad

Thanks Chammi - it was a nice tranquil place to paint!

Thanks Dominic!

Lady Carol
09-18-2007, 08:50 AM
This is really lovely work.

How long did this take to do?

09-18-2007, 09:26 AM
Lovely. I think you were correct in those small adjustments.
I am quite enamoured with the title, also. :)

09-18-2007, 09:55 AM

This is a grand piece of work, conveying the right sense of serenity. Personally, I liked the contrast you had on the right, but the touch-up is an improvement. Did you do all the prep work en plein aire?


09-19-2007, 04:36 AM
Hi Carol - this painting took about 3 hours on site and about 1 hour's fiddling back home.

Hi Jon - thanks! - I always value critique, if I look at a picture for too long I tend to lose objectivity, and another pair of eyes will always offer a fresh perspective.

Thanks Huck - the only preparation I did was to visit the site the day before for a walk - once I had found the right painting spot, I didn't have to do a recce with all the painting gear.