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02-11-2008, 04:44 PM
This is what I am working on at the moment. I can't decide where it should go from here. I think the lightning should start from within the clouds and not go to the edge as it draws the eye right off the canvas. I was wondering if I should add anything else to the composition or just finish off the highlighting and call it done? I think it is actually darker in person than it shows here. Looking forward to your comments.

02-11-2008, 04:48 PM
This is wonderful! I love the colors! :clap: Lightening starts from the ground and moves up so it is certainly more realistic to have it end somewhere in the lower cloud area! Vicki

02-11-2008, 04:53 PM
Delightful piece. Great color and strength. IMHO, I like it.

02-11-2008, 05:28 PM
I LOVE this! To me, it looks like the lightning and tree are reaching for each other. It draws my eye in towards the middle, not out towards the edge.

However, I can't see that it would "hurt" anything to move the origin of the lightning. I would be tempted to darken the sky a bit, myself, at least the lighter/bluer parts at the bottom left, to heighten the contrast a bit.

02-11-2008, 05:32 PM
Sue, I think this is fantastic!

Thomas Greaves
02-11-2008, 06:02 PM
Firstly let me say what a great 'atmospheric' this painting is.
I agree with you about the lightning, but wouldn't suggest cutting it off too far from the edge of the canvas.
My only other observation would be that the area of paler sky immediately below the lightning cloud is a little 'cool' in relationship to the rest of the composition.
Definitely a :thumbsup: for this one though.

02-11-2008, 07:07 PM
I like it! looks great

02-11-2008, 11:01 PM
The lightning doesn't draw my eyes away from the canvas...actually it makes you follow the lightning to see if it reaches the beautiful tree :) I absolutely love it...and as you mentioned before, it looks darker in person...so I don't think that you need to change any sky colors either. I love it!

02-11-2008, 11:06 PM
Wow! This IS dramatic. You managed to make put that lightening into motion.

02-11-2008, 11:31 PM
I like it as it is..:thumbsup:

02-11-2008, 11:34 PM
:thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup:

02-12-2008, 12:05 AM
Very cool perspective Sue and I like the way you used the negative space on the tree too:)

02-12-2008, 07:54 AM
Sue: This is definetly the BEST piece I've seen you paint yet! Very dramatic.

02-12-2008, 08:27 AM
Great impact.

02-12-2008, 09:29 AM
I like this very much and I would not change a thing!!! The two are drawin toward each other and you have done a great painting.
I think there is lightning that moves from cloud to ground so I think you have nailed this one

02-12-2008, 09:29 AM
I like this very much and I would not change a thing!!! The two are drawin toward each other and you have done a great painting.
I think there is lightning that moves from cloud to ground so I think you have nailed this one

02-12-2008, 05:34 PM
Thanks Vicki, I did not know that about lightning.
Thanks Howard, I appreciate your opinion.
Thanks amotwell, I think you will like this better now.
Thanks Tracey, Thomas, Wodjo, Soni, Linda, Doc, looby ,Tony, Tony, Arl and Aggie. You have all been so kind.

I forgot to tell you all that tis is 18 X 24 stretched canvas. Here is my update, which shows the color better plus the changes:

02-12-2008, 05:56 PM
I think this is absolutely perfect! I think you have grown as a painter by leaps and bounds!!

02-12-2008, 06:50 PM
Is the second one really more accurate? I love the colours in the first post! Either way, a very good and dramatic painting.

02-12-2008, 07:00 PM
:wave: Hi Sue!

You did a fantastic job on this. Love that sky and the landscape is well done too. A real treat! :clap: :clap: :clap:


02-12-2008, 11:27 PM
Great job, Sue! I just love the play of lightening; it would look great above my fireplace....lol.

02-13-2008, 06:29 AM
Very nice painting, I like the dramatic feeling.

02-13-2008, 07:28 AM
Wow! This is fantastic Sue. That sky, those clouds - tremendous - not easy with acrylics.

02-13-2008, 10:07 AM
Oh my! Love this work! Very dramatic.

02-13-2008, 04:34 PM
Well that's weird. The second picture I saw yesterday was really pale, now it's really dark.

02-18-2008, 05:15 PM
Thanks Tracey, what a wonderful compliment!
Michelle, my colors look much darker now too, I do not know if it is something I did or not, the colors are softer in person if you know what I mean; on here today, they look so dark and strong. :eek: I will be redoing some photos this afternoon so will include that one and try it again.:lol:
Thanks, Elizabeth, I always appreciate your comments.
Thanks, Susan, I can arrange to hang this over your fireplace, just pm me and I will let you know how many chickens and goats to bring!! LOL
Thanks for the comment Assaf.
Celeste, that is a huge compliment, your work still amazes me.
Thanks Gayle, I love your work also and appreciate your comments.

02-18-2008, 11:37 PM
Very nice. Such a dramatic sky. It's well painted. The tree seems to be daring the lightning. I like it.

02-19-2008, 05:13 PM
Thank you Cami, I really appreciate your comment.

02-19-2008, 05:17 PM
I cannot believe that I missed this!
Moody as heck, yet refreshing at the same time.
I can almost smell the rain.

02-19-2008, 07:13 PM
Thanks, Kathleen, I appreciate the comment.

02-21-2008, 07:44 PM

02-23-2008, 03:56 AM
Thanks Molly!

02-23-2008, 07:28 AM
I love the update!! It is beautiful! You caught the light on the tree from the lightening perfectly. I noticed some may have prefered the first post but in my opinion the 2nd post made it come alive. Great job!

Roger Evans
02-23-2008, 12:18 PM
This has a lot of wonderful atmosphere. As it stands, you have a fairly low contrast, moody painting that looks really, really nice and doesn't need the lightning to get the point across, which is that of a stormy moment. Because th background is so well done, the addition of the lightning seems "added on" because the surrounding landscape doesn't reflect the presence of the lightning bolt, which would naturally add super bright highlights on the edge of the trees and rocks. Therefore, I would either increase the contrast dramatically (deeper blacks and whiter whites) and keep the lightning or I would keep the contrast as is and lose the lightning. Personally, I don't think you need the lightning but it looks nice either way.

My two cents.....


02-26-2008, 05:45 AM
Thanks Linn, I am glad you like the second post better, the color is much closer than in the first attempt. Roger, thanks for the comments. I see what you are saying about the lightning, but the funny thing is, that was the reason I painted the scene!! LOL it is funny how things turn out when we are painting! I have taken your advice and deepened some of the darks and emphasized the highlights on the tree and the rocks etc.

02-26-2008, 08:50 AM
very hitchcockian. the tree and lightning look like upside down versions of each other--the tree growing out of the earth, the lightning growing out of the sky. powerful image of just what a storm feels like. chris