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08-20-2009, 04:44 PM
After the 3 horse paintings (one after the other), my muse took a break for a week or so. Cant blame her I guess :rolleyes:
When inspiration came back, it was for a photo from the RIL here and weirdly enough..... a landscape. The very thing what made me nearly rip up my last horse painting :eek:
After a bad start on it and me nearly chucking it out after my 2nd session on it, a miracle must have happened. Because in the next 3 sessions it practically painted itself :music: :D
it isn't signed yet, but I think it is pretty much finished. I can see some minor things which I might or might not fix tho.
All C+C is very welcome :thumbsup:
08-20-2009, 04:59 PM
I like the detailing on the tree trunks and landscape. I feel the sky could use some more work though. Not sure what, it looks fake or a little "paint by numbers" for some reason. Maybe Ireland skies are different than over here?
08-20-2009, 05:30 PM
Lovely work, Kathrin. Well done! I like this very much.
I think we all go through those stages with our paintings...they get to a point that they look absolutely ugly and you want to walk away from them, but then they miraculously come together....and sometimes, they don't! :evil:
08-20-2009, 05:32 PM
IMO, the sky is just fine. Just a slightly hazy sort of sky...I see them often.
Kathrin, you have brought exactly the same type of exquisite detailing to this landscape as you use doing your horses!!!! :thumbsup:
Do you think perhaps using an actual ref pic for the landscape is what made the difference?
I know when I paint a landscape from imagination it looks, well "imaginary". :lol: But when I go by a ref pic....even if I don't follow it precisely...there is a big difference. It looks more realistic, and I have an easier time with perspective, lights & darks...everything.
You have done a fabulous job....can't wait to show Zoie! :clap:
08-20-2009, 05:37 PM
You should do more landscapes Kathrin ;) ....... this is super.
Your foreground and trees are so well built - beautifully painted but I feel the middle distance trees look a little unfinished - an afterthought? .... or a 'What do I do with these?l thought?
I don't mean that in any derogatory kind of way - you know me better I hope!
They perhaps just need slightly more definition/high-lighting to get roundness/form.
08-20-2009, 06:00 PM
first of all..... I forgot to thank the photographer :o ...I am so sorry.
So thank you to artist60164 for the reference :wave: I didnt try to copy it, rather use it as something to guide me. All go well, you can find the ref here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=85483).
Courtney, thank you for looking in :) I know the sky could have been more detailed maybe. But for my first proper landscape, it will do. I shall try more on the next attempt.
Georgi, thank you very much :wave: I think this is my biggest learning curve from graphite, the dreaded ugly stage dont really happen that extreme with graphite.
Dee, thank you :heart: I think once I started taking that big landscape and breaking it up into chunks....it was easier. And yes, having the ref did help :thumbsup:
Let me know what my favorite little critique says please :wink2: I do value her opinion a lot.
Maureen, thank you too :) I appreciate your input. Now that you pointed those trees out.....yes.... I will work on those more :thumbsup: They started off well enough, but then I wanted to push them back and just covered them up with some Sienna and never got back to them :eek: Glad you mentioned them :)
08-20-2009, 06:15 PM
Kathrin, I love this...I agree with Maureen about the trees...but I would hang it in a second...as is!!! Great job!!
08-20-2009, 06:17 PM
Wow Kathrin, I think it looks wonderful. You should paint more landscapes. Your journey into acrylics is going very well. :thumbsup:
08-20-2009, 06:24 PM
Kathrin, thanks for directing us to the ref pic! You did a marvelous job of pulling the best out of that photo and laying it on your canvas. The changes you made...IMO...only made the overall image quite improved. I like the "pushing back of the mid-ground trees", it gives it a much more openness to the view! And the slightly more blue sky really makes those white birch pop!
08-20-2009, 07:33 PM
I feel I should say congratulations on a very good landscape painting Kathrin!:thumbsup: I really like your trees, grasses, water and rocks!:)
08-20-2009, 07:38 PM
Really is well done... :thumbsup:
08-20-2009, 08:00 PM
I can't believe I didn't mention the rocks!! :eek:
I agree, they came out looking very much like rocks! (This is not said in jest! I love rocks...just ask Bubba!) :lol:
08-20-2009, 08:05 PM
Susan, thank you :D I fixed up those trees ...I hope ...
Patti, thank you very much :) I am sure glad to be here :heart:
Dee, once again.....thank you :heart: as I said, I worked with the ref, but didnt want to copy too closely. I saw it more open then the ref gave it.
Steve, a heartfelt thank you :) It means a lot.
Robert, thank you too :wave: :D
I hope I fixed those trees some. Looks better in real life, the scan is a bit harsh on them. Fixed up the other 2 little things that bothered me anyway while I did that too.
I forgot to add as well that this is 9 inch x 11inch, painted on mount-board with W&N Artist Acrylics
08-20-2009, 08:38 PM
WOW and Wow Kathrin!
This is Stunning, I just love it.. awesome tones and colors in the trees and grasses!! Love the bark on the trees, Rocks, reflection and sky is right on!!
Everything about it is Perfect!!
You definately should do more landscapes, you do them Excellently!!
08-21-2009, 08:58 AM
Oh Kathrin you just always prove me right time and time again....LOL
This is stunning my friend, great color, detail and feel.....I love it....okay more please..haha
AAHHH< this is beautiful Kathrin!! You did a wonderful job. Agree, love the foreground rocks, trees, and leaves/grassess.
08-21-2009, 11:09 AM
You did a beautiful job on everything!
I always break my paintings up into parts and worry about one at a time. I get overwhelmed easily, lol.
08-21-2009, 11:31 AM
Fantastic, Kathrin :clap: :clap: :clap:
08-21-2009, 12:14 PM
What a comeback you've made since your day of frustration with the background on the horse. So pleased to see you hang in their girl! It's all been said so well, I'd feel redundent to say what I feel. Your talent seems to show through regardless of the subject you choose! Love seeing your works and your threads. Keep 'em coming! Doris
08-21-2009, 04:57 PM
Zoie says......."That would look good in the dollhouse livingroom!" :heart: "I really like the how you did the water...its so blue, and those leaves & trees are really cool!" :clap:
(A great deal of thought went into her choices of "smilies".)
And she has deemed it "DONE"! :smug:
Zoie is such a hoot!
08-21-2009, 05:16 PM
oh my ..... you are all so kind :heart:
Kathie, thank you very much :)
Elaine, dear friend of mine, thank you so much :heart: I love it when your right too lolol
Ruthie, awwww thank you :)
Michelle, thank you very much :wave: Looking at it as a whole image is overwhelming :eek: Glad I am not the only one.
Shirl, thank you :)
Doris, thank you so very much too :D Only for all of you here ...... you are the best :clap:
Dee , tell your little princess please " My art is her art :music: It is an honour to me :heart: " I am glad I got her approval ....it will be signed and varnished tonight :D
08-21-2009, 05:19 PM
I think it's better than the ref too!
I looked at the ref's little tree on the right but note you've made it part of your foreground tree's foliage so as not to confuse the issue! Good thinking :D
It really is a lovely painting Kathrin - so, :thumbsup: to you and :clap: :clap: :clap:
08-22-2009, 03:09 AM
Lovely work Kathrin, as good as your horses actually :) You should do more of these! Great color.
Wonderful composition and colours.
08-22-2009, 10:06 AM
This is just wonderful.
Nice to see you are not a one trick pony http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2009/11811-loudlaff.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2009/11811-loudlaff.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2009/11811-loudlaff.gif
08-22-2009, 10:11 AM
Love it. Love it. Love it. Wonderful change from the horses :)
08-22-2009, 12:01 PM
Excellent. Love all the colors. This painting really makes the viewer's eye travel all around the painting. Love the foreground rocks and birch bark.:thumbsup:
08-22-2009, 12:06 PM
Most excellent! So skillfully done and a pleasure to view.:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
08-22-2009, 12:07 PM
This is gorgeous! The tips you received really panned out for you! I love all the detail in the foreground! :clap:
08-22-2009, 12:44 PM
Kathrin..this is stunning(others have used this word..and I have to repeat it....stunning!) I had to look twice..maybe three times..I thought it was a photo! Beautiful..the birches..the rocks..so real!
08-22-2009, 05:21 PM
Maureen, thank you once again :) I didn't plan too much at all to be honest, as I said.... it felt like the painting painted itself, I only held the brush lol
Nithya, thank you :D I will sure try for another one.
Arlene, thank you :)
Carol, thanks :D Very fitting play of words :lol: glad I am not lol
EP, thank you :wave: It was a good change and badly needed too.
Pete, thank a million :)
George, awww thank you :heart:
Beth, thank you too :wave: That's why I love being here. Fresh eyes and friends who are not afraid to point out the flaws. The best people are on WC.
Molly, thank you so much :D
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