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11-30-2007, 07:22 AM
Not sure if this is finished, thinking about painting a few figures by the church entrance but it is one of my weakest points.

This was done from a summer photo at Kettlewell, find conversions to snow rather challenging. If it works out may use this for Christmas card

All suggestions welcome.


11-30-2007, 09:19 AM
Thanks for posting that nice painting, Ted!
Since I'm looking for good ideas for christmas - cards I am curious to see the replies you will get!

11-30-2007, 09:43 AM
Well, Ted I think you made the conversion MARVELOUSLY!! What a pretty church building and the way that glowing light beams onto the snow makes me all warm and tingly! WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS CARD!!!:clap: :thumbsup:

Laura D
11-30-2007, 04:11 PM
Lovely, simply lovely! It's a hard thing to do, turn summer into winter. The light is so different for one thing.

A couple of things... my eye gets hung up on the tree, it won't stay in the foreground! Maybe extending a couple of the branches in front of the church and some more contrast in the trunk would help?

That marvelous light from the doorway is so very inviting but there is no visible way to get there. Suggesting a path/walk would help with that. I like the idea of adding people. It would be easy since they would be bundled up in the cold. If they are going into the church you only have to worry about suggesting the pastor's face!

Shirl Parker
11-30-2007, 06:00 PM


12-01-2007, 04:29 PM
It worked very well Ted, a few footsteps would solve the access problem.


12-02-2007, 08:42 AM
Beautiful painting and I second Doug's suggestion of footprints in the snow! :)


12-04-2007, 08:14 AM
Many thanks for those helpful suggestions, Incorporated most of them and then added a few of my own in photoshop such as modifying the shadows.


12-04-2007, 08:25 AM
Works well Ted - like the shadows.


12-04-2007, 08:36 AM
Love the tree shadow it adds imo=pact. Those footprints add life and mystery!!

Well done Ted..:clap:


12-04-2007, 10:53 AM
The footsteps are WONDERFUL!! WOW....love it!

12-04-2007, 01:38 PM
Thanks now all I have to do is put the Photoshop amendments onto the painting.

12-04-2007, 01:44 PM
Check the shadow angkles Ted, there is a difference in the sun location on some.


12-04-2007, 01:48 PM
Yes, looks like the first post is off, thanks Doug.

12-04-2007, 02:05 PM
I was thinking of the shadow on the church roof Ted.


John Culshaw
12-04-2007, 06:41 PM
Hi Ted,
Now that I have been reconnected to WC(I don't know how or why passwords fail) I think this only needs a little tweeking with the shadows.

It is a warm and welcoming scene and those on the recieving end of your card will appreciate it.

See you at the Shireburn on Thursday.



12-04-2007, 07:58 PM
Hi Doug, I did ponder over the church shadow thinking that the slope of the roof would push the natural line of the shadow in an upward direction, but after doing a couple of experiments with a pen a bench light and a sloping piece of card I see my logic was wrong. Wait and see version 3 in the morning.

Thanks JJ and Darla for keeping with me on this one your comments are most welcome. Version 3 out tomorrow.

Hi John, Thanks, See you on Thursday. Just about to read your email.

12-06-2007, 03:41 PM
Sorry about the delay, here is the final version, have now started the tedious job of printing them out. Thanks to all for helpful suggestions.



Shirl Parker
12-06-2007, 03:46 PM
I liked in the original painting how it looked like while everyone was inside the church, it snowed outside (without the footprints, that is).


Laura D
12-06-2007, 05:16 PM
:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap: :clap:

Deanie Frato
12-19-2007, 01:28 AM
I love it the way it is. You can feel that everyone inside is snug and warm. I vote to let them stay inside.

12-19-2007, 06:13 AM
Thanks to Shirl, Laura and Deanie your comments are much appreciated.