View Full Version : Winter at the Mill

12-08-2009, 01:32 AM
Hi all, Here is my latest work "Winter at the Mill". It started as an instructional video by Jerry Yarnell on PBS, but I went my own way with it. This is the first picture I've posted on WC, so please be gentle :) . Seriously any comments and criticisms, even if not so gentle would be more than welcome. It is -30 C. here right now so my sensitivities are definately frozen. The picture is on an 18 X 24 canvas.

Love WC and all the info and cameraderie here. :clap:

12-08-2009, 06:40 AM
Beautifully painted!:)

12-08-2009, 10:25 AM
Nice work! Definetely suggestive of a cold winter day.

chammi kaiser
12-08-2009, 11:16 AM
I think this is really well painted but I always feel that a touch of warm light in the sky of a winter landscape gives it that extra dimension and makes the cold colours really seem even colder. This warm light on the horizon is often a winter phenomen. Just MHO

12-08-2009, 11:37 AM
Terrific winter atmosphere.

12-08-2009, 12:11 PM
You did a beautiful painting here! Your detail and atmosphere is perfect.
I have only one tiny thing that caught my eye, but it distracted me so..
hoping you don't mind rather then try and "explain" here's a quick edit in Painter, can you see the angle difference? Mill Know it's at the bottom of a slope but thinking it's leaning back a little too much..don't know your reference either but I kept cocking my head, which meant I was following the angles rather then taking it all in face on. Just my thoughts tho, it is a very wonderfully done painting!!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2009/139027-corrected-mill.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2009/139027-original-mill-angle.jpg


12-08-2009, 01:49 PM
Lovely. I agree with Elaine that the slightest adjustment would help.

Al talk
12-08-2009, 02:52 PM
Interesting... if I can please comment on the " comments ". When I looked at the scene I only thought the mill was an old mill, and starting to fall into ruin, and the gates, sluice, water wheel etc. seem out of alignment for the same reason. Artists love to paint old things for thier character. Did you use one type of blue only for all the blue hues ?

12-08-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks to all for your great comments. Elaine I think your straightening does help.
Al it's actually the painter, not the mill, that is old and out of alignment.
Thanks again for your comments, more CC's help.

12-08-2009, 04:42 PM
Al, yes I only used Ultramarine blue for all the blues, mixed with purple some times and with burnt sienna for the "blacks".

Margaret 59
12-08-2009, 06:18 PM
Very cold looking and very nice!

12-08-2009, 07:54 PM
Very wintery and cold looking, almost like a winter postcard. I agree that the slight change in angle is an improvement easily achieved. Nice work!

12-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Very nice work - I agree with Elaine on the straightening of the Mill. Great Atmosphere!

12-09-2009, 12:33 PM