View Full Version : Istanbul - WIP

08-17-2008, 12:11 AM
I think this one is going to take me some time to complete. I am really enjoying laying it down and I really want to work on the atmosphere to make it feel like a muggy dawn. Any hints, ideas, opinions, critiques are very welcome. This is done on a 9"x12" Canvas board.


Margaret 59
08-17-2008, 12:27 AM
Good start - I like the sky.

08-17-2008, 08:30 AM
:wave: Hi Zan,

WoW! GREAT start! The atmosphere is already there in spades and I love your palette! I'm pulling up a chair for this one for sure! :thumbsup: :D


08-17-2008, 09:44 AM
Hey Zan. The atmosphere already looks great. Something tall , crisp and clear in the near foreground, like a dock post, might further the idea.

08-17-2008, 12:52 PM
Great start. I love the colours.

Charlie's Mum
08-17-2008, 03:52 PM
I really like this as it is!
What else do you have in mind?
I think the only thing I'd add is a little scumbling in the sea where the light just catches the tips of the ripples! - just to give some extra sparkle.

08-17-2008, 03:57 PM
:wave: Hi Zan,

WoW! GREAT start! The atmosphere is already there in spades and I love your palette! I'm pulling up a chair for this one for sure! :thumbsup: :D



08-17-2008, 04:34 PM
This is turning out good - can't wait to see the final painting posted.

08-17-2008, 04:58 PM
I can't help but wonder where you are going with this.. since it already is speaking up quite clearly! :)

nice work!

08-17-2008, 05:17 PM
Thank you all for your kind responses. The painting is still flat as I see it. I want to add more paint and more depth to it. The colours need to be neanced a bit more. I want to add some more pinks and grays and yellows and whites I also want to add more detail (not too much) to the Hajji Sophia and maybe something in the forground for depth.

I am not sure I will work on it today, but stay tuned LOL

08-18-2008, 09:12 AM
It looks great as is. Why dont you just sign it? ;-) I love the skies.

08-23-2008, 02:20 PM
I worked on it some more in the evenings this week and I jsut finished putting the final touches this morning. This one is almost done. I am not sure what else to do with it. If it needs something in the forground or not. Hence why I am posting it. Please let me know what you think. I have thick skin and really appreciate frank opinions from fellow artists. :wave:

Charlie's Mum
08-23-2008, 04:05 PM
Oh Zan, leave it -sign it first!
I absolutely love the textures you have here - the sky is beautiful and I think the texture of the water, plus the sun's reflection are enough to add interest to the foreground.

First class! ..... or gold medal if you like!:lol:

08-23-2008, 04:55 PM
I love the silhouetted city against the complementary sky and sea! Bravo!

08-24-2008, 07:42 AM
:wave: I love it just as it is! In fact, I think you could have considered the first version as complete though the additions and tweaks presented here do give the painting that little extra WoW!

Beautiful work! :clap: :D


08-24-2008, 09:49 AM
Thank you all for the feedback. Yes this is done I agree. I will sign it and put it on the shelf :)

08-24-2008, 10:56 AM
Well, from my point of view, I doubt very much that you have "Thick skin."
More like gentle and very sensitive!
Bravo.....well done!

08-24-2008, 12:48 PM
Zan, this is wondeful!!

08-24-2008, 04:56 PM

08-24-2008, 07:06 PM
Turnerish influence?

08-24-2008, 07:46 PM
Yes I have to admit I have been studying him a lot lately. As I am moving from Watercolour to Acrylic, I find his oils an excellent study for me. I fully admit an influance and consider it a complement that you noticed :)

08-25-2008, 06:22 PM
Great to see the final painting - I would leave it as it is now - please don't overwork it - you've chosen a wonderful pallette and it has great texture. It hits all the right emotional buttons for me - I'm enjoying this one.