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Suetois
02-22-2010, 04:08 PM
Joel, the photos really caught my interest. I was hoping to do more than one, but then stuff happened. I've saved several of the photos for another day.

I'm not happy with my results on the farm landscape. Two problems: Not enough value changes to indicate depth, and I cannot figure out how to prevent things in the foreground from becoming the focal point. I wanted the farm to be the focus, but then I made the buildings too small. It's very frustrating.

Sue

8x10 oil on hardboard
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2010/212547-Farm_in_Norway.jpg

connievanwinssen
02-22-2010, 04:11 PM
Lovely! Great depth:)

crispur2005
02-22-2010, 04:23 PM
I thought of that song "I can see for miles and miles" (you know the one I mean?) as soon as I opened this. What a view, you did a great job.

Paulafv
02-22-2010, 04:35 PM
Beautiful landscape. The foreground does not take over, mostly because the buildings are detailed, red and white and really stand out. As Connie says: great depth with the mountains receding perfectly and the foreground deep green trees framing the scene. Perfect.

Paula

Suetois
02-22-2010, 04:53 PM
Thanks, Connie, Christine, and Paula. I'm glad you can see some of what I was trying to do. I think finding Wet Canvas has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I'm learning a lot really fast, and a curse because I'm comparing my work against some really high standards now. It's all part of the learning process, though, and I'm grateful to the people who are teaching me with critiques and by example.

Sue

Scotkatidid
02-22-2010, 05:09 PM
Sue I see a lot of depth in this painting - lovely scene!

RubyRedDog2
02-22-2010, 06:56 PM
Sue - I think it is beautiful and the buildings really do draw you into the center. WDE does keep you going and after awhile you'll quit comparing yourself to others and compare it to your earlier works. Enjoy!!!!

Gail

skappy
02-23-2010, 01:56 AM
This is very nice Sue and welldone the aerial perspective is fine the foreground doe'nt bother me . If you do not like it you can always crop a bit at the bottom the houses will appear bigger as well
Robert

Crowwoman
02-23-2010, 03:59 AM
Nice job Sue. ~!~Crowie

mammevicki
02-23-2010, 05:52 AM
I enjoyed the view!!!! Nice one. Vicki

artastic
02-23-2010, 07:19 AM
welldone, I love the mountainous backdrop, your oils are lovely

Suetois
02-23-2010, 07:38 AM
You know what's great about WDE? (I mean besides the variety of inspiration photos and the opportunity to see how dozens of other artists approach their work? :) ) You can come here and get encouragement and ideas about how to improve things even when you're totally frustrated. It's encouraging that several of you think the value progression worked out, and the idea about cropping the foreground a bit is something I didn't think of, but you're right--it would make the buildings look a little more prominent. Thank you.

Sue

Catherine1007
02-23-2010, 11:23 AM
Hi Sue,

Your painting has great depth to it. I like the way my eye is drawn in and about the painting. I love the colors you used.

Suetois
02-23-2010, 12:09 PM
I fussed with this painting again this morning, and I like it a little better. I just added more detail and highlights in the mid-ground and foreground, and softened some edges a little more. I also toned down the color of the buildings a little, and now the whole thing seems more balanced to me.

Sue

8x10 oil on hardboard
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2010/212547-Farm_in_Norway_WC_final.jpg

Catherine1007
02-23-2010, 12:46 PM
Your adjustments worked well!

Suetois
02-23-2010, 01:09 PM
Thanks, Catherine.

Sue

PETE K
02-23-2010, 03:27 PM
it looks very nice.

pragash
02-24-2010, 06:24 AM
good perspective and soft colors. well balanced picture.

pragash

jammy
02-24-2010, 01:20 PM
Great adjustments Sue. I agree with you about the blessing and the curse, but you can't compare. Everyone in there own way is in a similar situation...all learning. It's a humbling exercise.
Patsy

Suetois
02-24-2010, 03:07 PM
Thank you, Pete, Pragash, and Patsy. I appreciate the kind words. :)

Sue

eyepaint
02-26-2010, 01:35 AM
Oh! Gosh! So gentle, so well done!!!