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Shirl Parker
02-16-2008, 03:24 PM
I started this picture for the January Invitation, but it's so late now, I figure why put it in that thread. Also, I don't think it's quite finished and welcome suggestions.

This is 15x11 Arches 140 CP, strictly Daniel Smith paints, from my own reference photo. I'll explain it after a few views, in case nobody gets it.


Thanks for looking and commenting.


02-16-2008, 04:29 PM
This is a fun painting, Shirl. Looks like you were on a balcony looking down on your two beagles searching for something.

I really like the cast shadows from the dogs. You probably could have had one coming from the white urn of flowers also.

Interesting pattern in the tiles. I like the palette in this with the blues and reds.

Which DS colors did you use for this painting? One of the triads?


02-16-2008, 06:48 PM
Hi Shirl!

Nice painting!! :) Great shadows and colours!!! Yes, I agree with Sylvia. A long shadow behind the urn would be a good idea.

Very bright and cheerful!!! I'm going to stay tuned to this one!! I like this very much!


02-16-2008, 06:50 PM
HI Shirl. Looks like you are looking down to the patio by the pool. As for suggestions, it looks like I can just see the steps going down into the pool, maybe define them just a tad more. I am a little confused on which direction the light is. The shadows from the dogs fall to the left, yet there is a shadow on the left of the planter and I think that should fall to the floor just like the dogs shadow. It kind of makes the planter look not centered on the base. I am not clear on the object-shadow? to the right. Over all I like the composition, if I am reading it correctly. Maybe you could tell us what you are trying to achieve in your painting or a reference photo. Keep having fun.....Lenore

Shirl Parker
02-16-2008, 07:36 PM
This picture was taken from the patio doors on Christmas Morning 2004. The first time it snowed in Brownsville in 108 years. So these pups, who I dog-sit, are seeing what is probably their first and last snow ever.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2008/113427-DSC00528.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2008/113427-First_SnowAB.JPG
The sun is coming from the top right corner. The area between the multicolored patio tiles and the pool is covered with snow but it isn't very deep and with melting, bits of the solid color patio tiles are breaking through. In the upper left is the shadow of a giant ficus tree, which was decimated by the freeze and no longer exists. That shadow crosses the top center of the pool and extends to the left side. The other shadow on the lower right is from a pot on that side.

Sylvia and Shelley, The shadow of the flower pot on the left is there, but I see I need to make it darker.

Lenore I agree there could be some further defining of that step part of the pool.

Other suggestions now that you've seen the photo ref?


02-16-2008, 10:13 PM
Lovely palette Shirl and that is a great ref pic! I think some of the warm color of time should be used under the dog on the top. As it is he looks like he's standing in the snow and in the ref pic he isn't. Maybe darken the spots of ground peeping through and put the darker shadows into the water at the left. It's ALMOST finished. AND might I add you've done a VERY BEAUTIFUL job on it so far.:thumbsup:

Shirl Parker
02-17-2008, 12:29 AM
Thanks Darla, he is actually standing in a light snowy area, licking the snow. I'll see if I can make it look right. Thank you for your comments.


Shirl Parker
02-22-2008, 11:53 PM
Some of you have seen this and commented over in the gallery where I posted this final version. I think I incorporated most of the ideas you all gave me, and I thank you again for them.




PS Sylvia, I did use colors that were in triads, but not one triad exclusively. Ultra Turquoise, Quin Burnt Orange, Burnt Umber, both of these in different strengths for the multicolored tile, some Imperial Purple in the shadows. I made this incredible black from Alizarin and Phthalo Blue and something else, maybe the Ultra Turquoise. It made a friend of mine so mad, because she had been trying to make a good black for days!

02-23-2008, 10:16 AM
:wave: HI! Shirl, This is reading with much more clarity! Good tweaking! The pool is mcuh more defined and the light and darks in the center of interest really feature the dogs now.

02-23-2008, 05:26 PM
this is so wonderful....

Shirl Parker
02-23-2008, 06:27 PM
Thank you Marianne and Linda