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12-15-2007, 05:30 AM
I have used the photograph below a number of times painted in different generes but this time I decided to change the background and try to create an early summer effect. (excuse quality of colour pics. but they have been stored on three different PC's over the years.

Houndtor Cottage, Dartmoor Nat. Pk. Devon. UK.


I have used a moorland scene as the background.


The first drops of water colour added to the paper. 14x10" Bockingford 140lb .


The final colours have been added. However I would like to develop this painting further, something like a tractor or a flock of sheep and dog at the left hand lane section of picture. Might do another painting again in the future to accommodate that scene.


Your suggestions on improving the painting are always welcome.

12-15-2007, 05:55 AM
Hello Jow,

What an interesting exercising in using several references for your composition.

I can see why you like painting this lovely home because of all those different rooflines and stonework. The change in the background is a good touch as well.

If you do this again, I think you could change the roads in front of the building. Perhaps make it a country lane.

Also, decide on where your light is entering the painting and add more variation in values on the house with light areas hit by the sun and shadow areas away from it.

Watch where your horizon line intersects with the roof line of the house. You are pretty close to creating a tangent in this one. ;)

I like the tree coming in from the left in the photo. It would direct your viewer's eye to the house and keep it from wandering off the painting on the left if you decide to put it in.

Have you seen the class Painting from Photos Creatively (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=430028) in the Learning Zone? You might enjoy looking through it and the Homework thread that went with it. There is a lot of useful info there.


12-15-2007, 06:03 AM
Good idea to change the background. I would also put a tree behind the low house on the right to stop the eye going out of the picture.


12-18-2007, 07:31 PM
So good to see someone not being a slave to their ref pic..:)

Silvia has given you wonderful advice..:)