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12-21-2007, 07:42 PM

Title: Sunset on a Poppy field
Year Created: 2007
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 36x12
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Wanted to try my hand again with something different. The picture is not the best, It's a little out of focus, but I am pleased with the results of the painting. I hope I can get the same results with this one that I did with the still life I did. I sold it almost as soon as it was shown.
Tell me what you think of it, what I could have done better. What you like or don't like about it.

Is their anything that I can do to improve the painting

12-21-2007, 08:57 PM
WoW! I really like this. I can imagine that the color is great. It must have a real richness to it. Is this perhaps more representative of its real color?


The only thing I am unsure of is the heavy "black" line across the far horizon. It would be best served with a soft pale line, one of the lavenders from the sky.
Very nice work.

12-21-2007, 11:45 PM
The line across the background is actually a deep lavender, I too like this. Thank you for the compliment. I hope I can continue making good art. Thanks again.

12-22-2007, 12:35 AM
I like the concept here. I have the same trouble getting my pictures as clear as I would like. I would perhaps brighten things up a bit with a focus on the sun and the redness in the poppies. Nice job.

12-22-2007, 12:38 AM
:thumbsup: Very nice job with this work. The dark far horizon line is too strong a value as it should be very soft...otherwise superb!

12-22-2007, 12:49 AM
Nice job Qeenbee. I really like poppies, and a field of them is even better. I also would lose the dark line as it kind of chops the painting in half, but nice work..........Lenore

12-22-2007, 07:31 AM
:D Thanks everyone. I am so glad I found this site. When my art is judged by friends and family I am never sure if they really think its good or just don't want to hurt my feelings by saying it sucks.:rolleyes: So a great big thanks and I will take everyones advice and soften up the land line:thumbsup:

12-22-2007, 11:50 AM
Even if someone close to you were to say, "Hey, that's horrible," it would probably not be too bad if you asked them to explain why it's horrible. (I'm not saying this is horrible, by the way.) Often, when someone dislikes a painting it's a matter of taste, not a comment on artistic merit. I've seen Picassos and Basquiats that I thought were hideous, but my opinion had nothing to do with the compositions. I was reacting viscerally to the images.

This is a lovely painting, and the sense of depth and distance are skillfully conveyed, with a well-chosen point of view. I sure wish you could post a new photo of it with a bit better focus so we could enjoy it a little more!

12-22-2007, 12:28 PM
here's what it looks like with that back line/area softened with sky color and hopefully this is a better yet color representation of the painting.


12-22-2007, 04:01 PM

This is the full image, I had to take it outside to get better light.


Top portion close up


Middle and bottom portion. I took your advice and revised the dark line. I also lightened the nearer poppies. Tell me what you see and if other revisions are necessary. I'm really liking this painting. Thanks all for your advice.

12-22-2007, 04:02 PM
I think the new version is too Monet oriented, too bright. It is beautiful, but it changes the original too much.

I actually haven't noticed the black line at first, and when I did, thanks to C.L.Magnuson, I thought that it adds some relief, a sense that the flowers end and bare soil begins at the skyline (edit: it was kind of edgier, i suppose. matter of taste) :).

Really love the unusual shape. Very refreshing.

Indeed, very nice. Rich in composition, color. Great job.

12-22-2007, 10:43 PM
Thanks to everyone for your input, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I appreciate all comments. Thanks again.