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RogerB
08-12-2002, 12:41 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/08-12-2002/11894_Big_City_Scene.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Big City Scene
Year Created: 2002
Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 8 x 10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
This was done from a book of photos I found in a library (in Mexico), so I don't know
where it was shot.


MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
General comments please. I need help with color as I am attempting to teach myself.

futurebird
08-12-2002, 01:35 PM
Hmm, it feels a bit more 'small town' than big city to me, maybe it's the abscence of signs and people ... I wonder if the edges might be a little more crisp and the contrast range greater. I like the hues you've picked and the subject matter.

What about putting in some deatials with a dark pencil? It could help to make the sunlight more harsh.

Subjectivly: I like it! :D

jerryW
08-12-2002, 04:05 PM
I may be a bit of a rebel, but color selections don't matter that much, but the <b>relative</b> colors do.
in this I might have slapped in a rich purple sky,
I may have hated it and dropped some green on top to echo the street sign (I would have obfuscated the words on that, since I don't want people to read my art I want them just to breathe it.)
in some places the purple would remain and it's relationship to the orage would be exciting, of course I would have to make the green look great too, how? just by going at it and making mistakes.
the more you know beforehand the more stilted the results will be.
working with acrylics is easier than watercolor so you may be starting with a difficult medium.
you certainly can draw, and it's clear you like shadow which is a great thing in itself, since painting it often transcends objects.

futurebird
08-12-2002, 04:22 PM
Wow that's another way to go with it I guess, but I thought you were going for that still hard look that they did in CA about 6 years ago? Like really shapr painting the size of a wall of and empty store front.

But, I like jerry's idea too.

-S

Naris
08-12-2002, 05:55 PM
This one strikes me as a tad spooky, not sure why. Also has some elements of Edward Hopper. I like the shadow coming from the left, I'd pump that up, purple wash might do it. I wonder if all the windows would look so much the same? What might they look like if one or two were open, lit, or had a shadow behind the glass. Love the strong orange!:cat:

RogerB
08-13-2002, 12:33 AM
Thanks everyone for the quick reply to this!
I appreciate all the suggestions. I think I even
saw a Kudo in there! :clap:
Anyone else? Please!

Jangogh
08-13-2002, 01:27 AM
Intensify the colors. Purple shadow, deeper blue sky, yellow gold for left side of building. Make light on post and across the top of the building on the right side whiter. Put a little of that deeper sky blue and street sign green in some of the windows.

futurebird
08-13-2002, 01:34 AM
Originally posted by Jangogh
Intensify the colors. Purple shadow, deeper blue sky, yellow gold for left side of building. Make light on post and across the top of the building on the right side whiter. Put a little of that deeper sky blue and street sign green in some of the windows.

NO!! No! No! No way! Ahhhh! No! Don't pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee.

:D

er-- um-- not that I'm not open to "anything" LOL ... er

I like the hues the way they are. I think the shadows just need to be darker-- it's so bright-- it's like when you step out of a building and get a little blinded by the light..............