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colburn
02-15-2000, 04:17 AM
At almost 40 years old I have decided to seriously try to develop the talent that I know runs in my veins, my grandmother painted in oils, and in her late 60's took up watercolors. She painted some wonderful stuff before she passed away. I have been teaching myself how to paint for about a month now. I can't seem to find any hands-on classes up here in Anchorage, so it seems I am on my own.
I have been painting for about a month now, learning from the web and books. I know I need some pointers and welcome all critiques.
Thank you, I am looking forward to your responses.
Kim Colburn http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/barn.jpg[/IMG]

bruin70
02-15-2000, 06:51 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/filename is what you should use

robinsn
02-15-2000, 09:29 AM
When you upload your file at the Critiques page, when it's finished it will give you the code to place in your message right there on the screen. Just highlight it and copy it, then paste it in your message.

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Patti
02-15-2000, 09:33 AM
Your file was a little too large. I hope you don't mind my butting in but I made it a little smaller for you. It is really nice...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/barn2.jpg

CarlyHardy
02-15-2000, 06:07 PM
Hi and welcome to WetCanvas. You are at the right place for encouragement and help from other artists! Your painting is very good..it's obvious that you have a natural talent for composition..that is one of the things I struggle with. Great colors, too. I would say you are off to a good start. Check out the lessons here at WetCanvas too.
I use art instruction books for a lot of help...I am self-taught, also. There are a lot of online resources for supplies and books!
Join us in the Cafe Guerbois...9:30 EST..and meet some of the other artists!
chclements

colburn
02-17-2000, 12:49 AM
Thank you all so much, your words of encouragement seem to be all I needed to really get going. I always knew there was an artist somewhere in me, now with you folks behind me I will dedicate more time to painting.
Thanks again, Kim

Phyllis Rennie
02-17-2000, 08:18 PM
I think you did fine with the composition. And you did a good job of saving your whites. They are very clean and give the painting a feeling of freshness. I think you could improve it by adding some well defined shadows. Determine the location of your light source first though--it appears to come from the left if you are looking at the fence posts, and from the right if you are looking at the barn roof. But your painting is light enough that you can correct this, I'm sure. It sure is a good beginning though--keep working, you will teach yourself much. Phyl

bruin70
02-18-2000, 11:54 AM
kim,,,,is the ground snow covered? ...milt

colburn
02-19-2000, 12:51 AM
Yes milt it is snow covered, I was thinking that maybe along with redoing the shadows that I would soften the edges of the shadows in the foreground. What do you think? Any other suggestions?
Kim