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08-01-2009, 06:37 PM

Title: The Foster Ba<br>
Year Created:
Medium: Pastel
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 11 x17
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is the end result from the WIP post. It is a commissioned work of a ba<br> that has been to<br> down. Ref. photo was overcast early mo<br>ing. I tried to make it a little more sunny.

Any c/C

08-01-2009, 10:01 PM
For some reason, I cannot see the image. Could be my computer. Does everyone else see it?

08-01-2009, 10:27 PM
No picture here either.

08-01-2009, 11:26 PM
I don't see it either.. don't know what I should do now..?????

08-02-2009, 12:06 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2009/182771-redxsmiley.gif ....I hate it when that happens....

08-02-2009, 01:07 AM
Did you go advanced? when that screen opens try the mountain icon in a square box at the top of the reply box. Hope that helps......Lenore

08-02-2009, 02:57 AM
I think it has to do with the letters "rn". Try removing the word "barn" from your picture name & upload again. I've noticed that this has happened before for this reason.

08-02-2009, 05:52 AM
Hi Crazy ....I don't see it either but I am sure it was beautiful!! :wink2:
...send a PM to one of the Moderators .....

08-02-2009, 05:54 AM
....see I knew it was beautiful :lol: ....I thought the name rang a bell :confused: ...I had seen it somewhere else! (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576119)!!

08-02-2009, 12:16 PM
Ok All... I am beginning to wonder if there is something on my computer that dislikes this site. I will repost in a new thread tomorrow from work.. Sorry all..

08-02-2009, 09:16 PM
OK , we will call it Crazy's Place.


This is really very pretty and deserves to be seen. Nice work Crazy.....Lenore

08-02-2009, 11:36 PM
crazywoman, I think this is nicely painted but it could maybe have had more compositional planning. There seems to be a lot of empty space in it with nothing that really grabs our eye. The darkest spot is properly placed for focal point ( the door) but it just is not large enough. Here is an example where a decision needs to be made. Do we need to stick too facts that do not necessarily deliver a beautiful painting...or do we change things around to please the eye. Sometimes the 'client' will not allow shifting reality, other times they will. Anyway to get to the point, I feel the barn needs to be larger. Use the clump of trees on our left,( they are to some degree because of value and size competing with the barn door) move them into the painting for more interest and balance with the barn and they also create a nice strong sense of depth and at the same time due to their progressively getting larger they lead the eye to the barn.
The other thing I would note is the use of the flowers, to sprinkle just a few daisy like flowers around in the foreground is a sure invitation for a judgment of amateur work, even though the painting as a whole is quite mature. If they are going to be used at all have them make a statement, use them to lead the eye back into the painting... Heres what I mean:


The values and colors in this are really wonderful!

08-03-2009, 01:06 AM
Croby... thanks for your input. As always it holds much value and insight. In this case the client asked for the flowers and I considered putting more of them but then thought it might be too much. They also asked for the fields and the hill surrounding the barn to look like it was. The barn has been torn down and the client only had the one photo of the barn from which I worked. In my mind there was no way to include the pastures/fields and make the barn larger on the paper size I used. I did cut some of the field off the front as it made the barn look even smaller. I guess to make this a better painting it would have to be completely redone and the field minimized as well as the back ground but then I am not sure the memory of what the client wanted would be there. One of those pondering things when trying to do a commission piece from one photo. I will try to upload the ref photo tomorrow so you can see what I was working from.

08-03-2009, 12:57 PM
this is exactly the way I see the old barns around here....set back in the field....
the hay roll is a nice touch...ours are often full of hanging tobacco.....
I think it's just lovely....love that rusty roof.....and the sky is so........summer...yd

08-03-2009, 01:47 PM

This is the reference photo I worked from. The client wanted the pasture put back in rather than plowed up like it is shown here.

08-03-2009, 01:49 PM
yd.. thanks for your comments and for shaking the computer just right today.. the ref photo uploaded! yea!!!!!

08-03-2009, 01:54 PM
ah, yes...the plowed field makes the picture! A shame it was not allowed...

08-03-2009, 02:03 PM
I may give this photo another go just for my own sake of learning and add the plowed field and see if I can make the barn bigger.. I'm one of those retards that doesn't know when to give up.