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Bruce Newman
06-16-2001, 02:44 PM
This is my first en plein air painting, well, sort of. I started a painting and made a couple mistakes so, rather than correct them, I started over. I painted most of this in two visits to my favorite hilltop, but added finishing touches at home.

I'm just not equipped for painting outside. As much as I love being out, I don't have a table, etc. and the paint seems to dry so quickly. I found it very hard to work for long, to be honest.

Anyway, here it is: "Sunbathing", 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas. This is a commanding view of the Saint John River valley, just outside Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. My hilltop sanctuary. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif My favorite part of this painting is the sky and it doesn't show at all here. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif (Cloud detail added.)

Bruce

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nnelson1
06-19-2001, 04:22 PM
Just rolls you along....

BillieD
06-19-2001, 04:58 PM
Beautiful! And your aerial perspective is right on, (I have a lot of touble with that, my mind tells me what should be there, but...)

Keep up the good work. Your sky is wonderful and I am drawn to that lovely stand of trees...wish I could go there.

Wyobud
06-20-2001, 12:50 AM
Sorry Bruce but I can't see your post.

I did go to your web site and really like your work.

I'll be back

BUD

Bruce Newman
06-21-2001, 06:11 AM
Thank you each for your comments. I have this hanging on my wall and have been looking at it as I've worked on another painting and it botthers me that it isn't sunny enough. I think I will take it apart today and try to paint in some brownish yellow grasses to make it brighter. I am satisfied with everything about it except that it looks like a cloudy day. :rolleyes:

Bruce

carly
06-25-2001, 01:35 PM
I wouldn't change this painting at all! There are cool cloudy days and I love them...you captured that atmosphere just right!

My only suggestion would be is to compare more when you paint plein air. By that I mean...compare the lights and darks. Notice how dark your far mountains appear in the painting...this adds to the cloudy atmosphere...a sunny day would wash them out more..they would appear more distant.

Just go out and paint another! That would be more fun for me!
carly

Bruce Newman
06-25-2001, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by carly
I wouldn't change this painting at all! There are cool cloudy days and I love them...you captured that atmosphere just right!

My only suggestion would be is to compare more when you paint plein air. By that I mean...compare the lights and darks. Notice how dark your far mountains appear in the painting...this adds to the cloudy atmosphere...a sunny day would wash them out more..they would appear more distant.

Just go out and paint another! That would be more fun for me!
carly

Thanks, Carly. Actually, I set this aside and worked on another painting, but have just had another shot at this one. I went out onto my hilltop again and tried to interpret the grasses more accurately. I think you might be right about the hills, but it is all varnished and framed now.

If you would like to, you can see the final version in Critiques. I just posted it yeasterday. I really appreciate your comments a lot!

Bruce