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12-03-2008, 02:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Dec-2008/24952-Magog_Synset_3SMALL.JPG MY IMAGE(S):

Title: "magog sunset #3"
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 8 x 10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Per a freind's suggestion about the 1st sunset, I added setting sun sky color to the lake, even though from my viewing angle I would really see the blue of the sky.<br>My main interest in doing these is to capture the light and clouds; thier colors and depth. I find it harder with acrylics than with oils, but think I'm progressing.<br>

All constructive criticism and suggestions are most welcome. A previous suggestion was to add some of the sunset color to the edges of the trees. I tried but didn't do it right cause it just looked like more holes in the foliage. But I will try it again in another painting.

12-03-2008, 02:50 PM
ummmm....can someone plug it back in?

12-03-2008, 05:18 PM
Some thoughts:
Acrylics are harder than oils for landscapes because they dry too fast and are much harder to blend (particularly if you take time out to sneeze, for instance)
There's a new product called Golden Open Acrylics which dry sloooow. Not sure what you have against oils but these could help.
The biggest problem with the sky IMO is that it's non blended. You've got solid blue, solid yellow and a stripe-y blended red orange threaded through. You never see a real sunset like that so it doesn't look right. Also you haven't really depicted cloud forms such as would be in the sky. My suggestion is that you look hard not only at actual sunsets but at paintings of them and I think you'll see the issues of blending and cloud forms.
Silhouettes are a special problem. A camera shows them black but the eye always sees gradations in the shadows. The paintbrush should too.

12-03-2008, 05:56 PM
well i think it's wild and crazy and i like it :clap:

i like it even better cropped a bit ...



12-03-2008, 06:14 PM
I'm glad I looked back in. I think it is quite attractive. I fully agree with TG's recommendations concerning the sky. I realize from your statement however that you are evidently following a reference instead of making creative adjustments to what you see. That having been said, I think that adding the sunset color to the lake surface better tells the story. Also by changing the sky per TG's suggestion it gives a marvelous opportunity to pull that sunset over our heads by dulling color and darkening values and hardening edges as the clouds approach and pass over us. I unapologetically admit my bias toward oils...however your use of Acrylic is masterful and they serve you well in this painting!


12-03-2008, 06:18 PM
I really like it! Very vibrant : )