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05-07-2009, 02:57 AM

Title: Logging Road
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This painting was done in January from a photo I took of an old logging road near my cottage. I feel that it lacks something, perhaps color?

As I recently started painting, I would appreciate feedback on this work, particularly the composition. Thanks.

05-07-2009, 03:00 AM
Recently started painting? This is already outstanding. The snow is wonderful. Perhaps you could need a bit more definition in the trees?

05-07-2009, 03:43 AM
Hi Judith and welcome to WetCanvas :wave:
You have only started painting you say ....well somehow I feel you are going to be an excellent artist. This is lovely .... what a romantic spot .....I just want to walk along that path in the snow and up in through the trees ....gorgeous .....post more of your work soon!

thomas w
05-07-2009, 08:03 AM
Excellent work on that little path, you did the light and shadows perfectly.

05-07-2009, 08:10 AM
The composition is just fine and the trees are wonderfully depicted. You've really nailed the somewhat jumbled colors and forms of a winter grove. On the snow, I'd suggest cooler, bluer tones in the shadows. The snow is looking just a bit like whipped cream and what causes this, I think, is the rather warm tones you've used.

05-07-2009, 12:02 PM
I love the thick snow.

05-07-2009, 01:07 PM
it is successful painting.....like it

05-07-2009, 03:34 PM
I think the snow is rendered well. The trees are too much of an solid mass - the top quarter of the pic has very little interest. Here's a digital edit...


As well as adding some sky, I increased the contrast around the bottom of the nearest bunch of trees.

The colour of shadows in the snow are very influenced by the colour of the sky - yours look OK to me for an overcast day with the sun peeping through.


05-07-2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply. It's hard sometimes, working alone, with no constructive feedback. I feel somewhat more confident that I'm on the right track. And, Graham, I agree with you that some sky should be showing. I struggled with that in the beginning because in the photo there is no sky as the backdrop is a mountain. But, artistic license! I'm told the trick is learning what to exclude and what to add...
Thanks again.

05-07-2009, 04:59 PM
I like it both with the sky and without it. This is nicely balanced. I think I'd get rid of that little stick in the left mid ground. It seems out of place and distracts.

Very n ice work here!

05-07-2009, 06:16 PM
I really like this. The job on the snow is very good. I too would cover the stick to the left as you look at the painting. Very nice, Thanks for Sharing.

05-08-2009, 12:21 AM
Hi Judith.....what a great first post......I like this a lot....
I too like it with or without sky.....and would edit the twig as well.....
the edge of the ditch..... (that no doubt has a trickle of snowmelt in it)...and the sled track meeting make a nice composition....
if you edit the twig I would be sure to keep that shadow there to keep my eye from following them off the canvas...?
the snow is exceptional........can't wait to see more of your posts.....yd

05-08-2009, 02:00 AM
Welcome to WC, and I hope we see more work like this from you!

05-08-2009, 09:24 AM
Hello from another newbie. I have seen this scene many times. You have painted it beautifully.

05-09-2009, 03:01 AM
Nice work Judith, very convincing. I guess I;m the odd one out as I like the stick in the path. Lets see more.............Lenore

05-13-2009, 06:17 AM
very beautiful painting , very nicely done.:thumbsup: