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Sam_I_Am
07-25-2009, 02:16 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-25-2009/81190_101_0363.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-25-2009/81190_101_1258.JPG



GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Two Rivers
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16 x 20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
I originally did this piece about 3 years ago. I'm working on a solo show for september, and needed some nice, quality pieces, so I decided to "re-do" it with my improved technique and sense of composition. I feel its an improvement. The first photo below is the original, and the second the new.

Technique is knife only with oils.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
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Corby
07-25-2009, 03:27 PM
Stef, this is so beautiful and really shows maturity and control over your first. I keep wanting to balance that orange tree...is this small change useful do you think?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2009/70790-new.JPG

:)

crazywoman53
07-25-2009, 03:34 PM
Wow.. I think the older version was nice but the newer one definately shows how much you have progressed. It is beautiful! Congrats on the show!

Sam_I_Am
07-25-2009, 04:11 PM
Corby - Thanks for your usual wonderful work-up. I think there is a small improvement there. I'll add a little to the bg. Thanks for your lovely comment as well - when I first started this painting, I was trying to figure out how to emulate knife work with a brush. At the time, I thought I did well, but when I found actual knives and started working with them, I was in love!

CW - Thanks! I like to think my technique has progressed rather significantly. Good to hear that the practice is beginning to pay off :)

tgsloth
07-25-2009, 07:57 PM
Sure is dramatic improvement which gives hope to us all. I don't think it's the knife though, it's seeing how you could drop the clumsy green foliage. Anyhow, good on you, onward and upward.

MRSBB
07-25-2009, 08:43 PM
I definitely prefer the second one Stef. The first one is nice but seems a little forced. The second one just flows better and tells story better. I also like Corby's addition. You go girl.......Lenore

Sam_I_Am
07-26-2009, 12:24 AM
Thanks, Bob and Lenore. As always, your comments are valued :)

yarddog
07-27-2009, 01:30 AM
if this is the result of hanging around this place.....I shall have to set up residence....yd

Sam_I_Am
07-27-2009, 11:56 PM
Thanks, yd :) I have to say, it does seem to have a positive influence :)

tali
07-29-2009, 05:14 AM
Yes, the second shows more polish. But I have to say I really like the first as well--the warmth of the light in that one really make the mountains pop. Best wishes for you show, you'll do well. :)

Sam_I_Am
08-01-2009, 12:11 AM
Thanks, Tali :) I have some fondness for that first one, myself. It was one of my first catharctic, messy exercises in loosening up, and is therefore a classic for me :D

cbcarnell
08-01-2009, 12:28 AM
I'm always impressed to see what can be done with painting knives, and this is no exception. I can see the growth in the second one, the confidence and decisiveness - very nice!