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03-24-2010, 02:13 PM
This is not quite finished - THE SHEEP IS NOT DONE - so those of you who need glasses and don't know what that white blob is, it is a sheep. :evil:
I call this my Scottish kilt painting because I realized as I was pulling colors out of my box, that what they are.
I am struggling with my new laptop screen lighting - the colors on my screen look so dark, so I am not sure what you are seeing. Let me know - too dark? too light?
comments always welcome
03-24-2010, 04:19 PM
OK on my desk top it is quite dark. but looks as it is an early morning piece which works very well with me. the first rays of light just topping the mountains. now on my lap top it is lighter i could see more details in the mountains. i kind of like the darker virson better tho. it just has a different feel to it.
03-24-2010, 04:24 PM
Thanks Pete - that's the way it shows on my two computers - different from each other. I guess another purchase for this laptop would be a LCD monitor so that the colors I see on the screen are consistent with the painting.
I knew this would be a difficult painting to present online, as I've had the same problem with a few of my night-time paintings. And it could be my older digital camera too, not picking up enough details.
Oh the expense of being an artist in this digital age! First a laptop, then a new printer because the old one was not 64-bit, then the Photoshop program I've had doesn't work on the laptop either. sigh
Anyway, I do want you to know this just glows in the right light and I am quite fond of it.
03-24-2010, 05:05 PM
Kat, i seem to have the problem. with it all. printer went i pick up a kodak printer which was wortless. couldn't even take it back. ended up getting a hp wide format printer. it does up to 13/19 prints. but no scanner or copyer. just printer. never got photoshop. i did film for so long had a dark room for 30 or so years. just cant get into this digital stuff. at least not yet. i know you can manipulate the imiges in wasy you cant with film. but you cant get a perfect nig. (print with digital) like you can with manipulateing film. that people now a days have no clue about a perfict print. now a days everyone has a camera they take up to or better then 600 to 1000 pics and find one that is good. (comp, exp, etc) when the perfict conditions are out. which is not very often.them they photoshop it to make it look better. the art is goon in photography. thats why i got back into painting. sorry for me going on and on. have a good night.
03-24-2010, 05:08 PM
Thank goodness the prices have come down on all these things - I hate to tell you what I paid for my former computer, printer and Photoshop!
03-24-2010, 06:11 PM
I'm on a MacBook Pro laptop and the painting looks lovely. It is dark, but rich and vibrant. Phil Bates gave me some great advice about calibrating the monitor on my laptop. Please PM me if you would like me to forward that on to you. It might save you the purchase of yet another monitor.
The violets and yellows really vibrate in this painting. Even though you have subtly placed the violets, those shots of yellow end up making the entire dark hill areas shimmer. I think this is one of those paintings where the values are very close, but it works because of the saturated colors. Just my very humble opinion!!
03-24-2010, 06:13 PM
I agree with Lynn. It looks dark, but very rich. I love all the layers of hills. Beautiful!
03-24-2010, 06:21 PM
Lynn and Paula, it is so good to hear that someone is seeing this correctly - whew!
Lynn, I've PM'd you and thanks for your offer of help.
03-24-2010, 09:48 PM
This is so beautiful!
03-24-2010, 10:02 PM
I agree with everyone -- lovely rich colors, great depth and the highlights are wonderful.
Kat: What I see looks right-on and I have a great monitor....Sooooo, good job. Can't wait to see the finish. Colors: rich and deep. Comp. Super. Derek
03-24-2010, 11:35 PM
The colours are great and I am sure the sheep will be great too! I love the way you have blended the colours they just sing together. Jen
03-25-2010, 06:56 AM
I can almost taste the 'lamb stew'!
your colors in the hills are devine - this is a 'show piece' - wonderful painting - you are one talented lady - keep them coming!
03-25-2010, 07:15 AM
Kat this is beautiful. Not too dark for me at all. The colours are indicate mountains covered in heather and I love how you just tipped the top of the hills with light. And of course that sheep glows. King of all he surveys.
03-25-2010, 07:57 AM
Thanks y'all for the kind comments - this one sings to me.
Blue - not sure this is a show piece - it's a quiet painting that slowly draws you in, but does not have a huge impact. It would take a discerning judge to appreciate all the subtle colors this has.
I did forget to mention, this is also on black Colorfix - 16 x 24 - mostly Mount Visions with a smattering of Schmincke.
Kat; "A smattering of Schmicke" is hard to say 5 times fast!! :rolleyes: Derek
03-25-2010, 09:40 AM
groan .... :rolleyes:
Don't feel bad Kat: I spelled "Schmincke" Wrong.
:eek: :o :(
03-25-2010, 09:10 PM
you would think with the highest tax rate in the nation, we'd get teachers that could spell! :lol: :lol: :lol:
but he is an EXCELLENT artist!
Kat - a beautiful painting that is so different, it may stop a judge in his/her tracts to explore it further - I'd give it a try!
03-25-2010, 11:18 PM
I have a Macbook Pro and your painting looks wonderful. The colours are rich and vibrant, it really glows and great composition as well.
03-26-2010, 04:41 AM
Wow I love the colours, I hope I can paint something and make it look this beautiful with such vivid and rich colours one day :)
03-26-2010, 05:50 AM
it doesn't look that dark on my monitor but dark enough to depict an early morning scene, the colors glows quite nicely
03-26-2010, 11:17 AM
Lovely like all your works. Hey Kat, I'm a fan of this rich color combination and the title is perfect... unless you use the smattering title instead. I was going to do exactly what Derek did - but I'd have spelled it right (LOL)
Truly - the crest of light on each hill is beautifully placed.
03-26-2010, 01:29 PM
Thanks Julie, Deborah, W.C. and Barb - I shall finish this (I keep saying that to myself) - the sheep is intimidating, but he/she shall be conquered!
03-26-2010, 02:12 PM
it's a quiet painting that slowly draws you in, but does not have a huge impact.
Oh Kat, do you really think so? Isn't it funny how we see things? To me a vibrant painting like this one is far from being quiet.
03-26-2010, 02:31 PM
Oh ... I guess it is all how we perceive things and that's how the world goes around, eh? How boring if we all saw the same thing and had the same reaction to a painting.
I do suspect that in a room full of paintings, this will take a back seat - I could be proven wrong real soon.
03-26-2010, 04:53 PM
Kathryn I love what I see on my screen, can't wait to see the next stage.
03-27-2010, 05:29 AM
I don't care what the judges say( and they absolutely may agree with us), this is a 'winner' with all of us - great job!
03-27-2010, 09:59 AM
It looks dark on my monitor, but really rich. I'm really liking it.
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