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02-20-2000, 08:23 AM
Okay, gang - here is your editor's latest entry in my attempt to gain national recognition, placement in the Louvre, and oodles of money from collectors and galleries alike.

I call it "My Own Constable". At 18x24, It much larger than my previous 9x12 efforts. This is based loosely on a painting I saw by Constable (the name slips me - it's downstairs at the moment).

I'd love your feedback!



The larger version of this can be seen <A HREF=http://www.wetcanvas.com/Gallery/B/Scott_Burkett>here!</A>.

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Drew Davis
02-20-2000, 09:46 AM
What a silly title. There's no policeman anywhere in that picture.

I like the color. The tree reflections seem a bit too clean and sharp-edged given the broken effect of the water. Also, the trees themselves are a bit regimented. Try to vary the heights and shapes and positions more.

02-20-2000, 10:10 AM
Agree with Drew, shadows in water needs attention - they also add to the regiment feel since they are more uniformly shaped than the trees themselves.

02-20-2000, 10:56 AM
Thanks Drew/Henrik - excellent suggestions, indeed. Here is the result of my changes (ah, the joys of wet paint!).

I softened the hard edges of the reflections a bit by just scumbling over with various values of the water color. Also, I extended one of the trees on the left to help frame the painting. I also "filled out" some of the other trees a bit, and refined the trunks. Thoughts?


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02-20-2000, 01:06 PM
Well it is, eh... different http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Seriously; the trees look much better. You did however make the trees wider and the shadows narrower. If water was still you would see the trees like in a mirror - with movement in the water (like here) the general shape of the shadow in water remains (it can't float away or diminish http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif but is is more blurred.

02-21-2000, 01:31 AM
trees are not just green scott. try giving each tree a little more of its' own identity. introduce a little more color into the trees. A was said be sure to vary the size and shape of the trees. vary the distances apart. Forget what you saw and do what it takes to create a work of art.

02-21-2000, 08:46 AM
Dan, due to the crappy photography on my behalf, you can't see the other colors that I've sneaked in certain spots. Overall, the tree masses are indeed green, but there are also traces of white, ochres, blues, etc.

I even flicked a little magenta in one of them to harmonize with the mountain range on the far right...

I was more concerned with the composition and brushwork...

irene clark
02-21-2000, 11:00 AM
Hi there Scott,
After reading the word regimented, it suddenly occurred to me that the trees were lined up like a regiment of, dare I say police constables. Thus the strange title. Am I right?
I like this 2nd one best and particularily am intrigued by the technique used for the sky and waters. How did you do that?
Irene Clark with a heart for art.
<a href="http://www.finearts.yorku.ca/kclark/hart/">Heart to H-ART - Irene Clark</a>

02-21-2000, 11:35 AM
Hi there, Irene!

I based this painting on a piece done by the English Painter John Constable back in the late 1700s, hence the title. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

As far as technique goes, I basically did the sky first, using a light mix of Cobalt Blue and Titanium White - nothing fancy. I did, however, add the occasional dab of yellow ochre, tree mix, and mountain mix in an attempt to unify the painting, although it is hard to tell from the images. The brushwork for the sky was basically long, energetic sweeps of a 1 inch flat brush. As with most parts of this painting, the sky is very impasto - loads and loads of thick paint.

The water was done in a bit different fashion. I took Bruin's advice from my little red boat painting (here in another thread). I darkened the water from the sky a bit. The brushwork is basically short, horizontal "pulling" strokes from a medium-sized filbert brush. The challenge with the water is, as Henrik and Drew pointed out earlier in this thread, to render the reflections in a style consistent with that of the foliage above it.


irene clark
02-21-2000, 07:53 PM
Hi Scott
Woh, was I way out in left field or what? What an imagination. But then I don't have much of an art history education, so I need that imagination and of course gut feeling to see me thru.
Thanks ever so much for the technique info. I really appreciate your effort.
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

02-22-2000, 07:08 PM
Scott - I think your are doing ok on brushworks. The things to watch out for is unwanted artifacts; things you really did not intend but stil are visible - it is easy to get into a pattern with the brush and sometimes this shows up a zig-zag lines; dabs of colors that jump out in the form of a pattern etc.

It takes some practice to be able to paint in a random natural looking fashion. I practice a lot on drawing squiggly lines (doodling while on the phone, in meetings etc) - anyone else understand what I am talking about?