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11-13-2010, 02:49 PM
Hi Everyone,
I just finished this 14 x 11, acrylic on stretched canvas.
Not sure about the perspective and or composition...thoughts?
I'm struggling to learn more about composition, so any tips welcomed.
In RL, the greens are darker, but my camera is refusing to cooperate on this one.:rolleyes:
All CC's welcomed!
Thank you!


11-13-2010, 08:27 PM
This is a lovely work but I think that you might have ended it a bit early.
I love your horse. It is very well formed.

I suggest two things, which may not be too difficult and which will bring your picture to life.

One...decide where the source of your light is, then add some shadowing and shapes into the foreground mountain. It looks a bit like a pyramid.

Two. Pictures should have a range of light values from light to mid light, to mid tone, to mid dark to dark...

The darker tones are foreground tones. Add a bit of light and strong darks into your foreground rocks. You might put a shadow on the ground under the horse and darken the dark areas in your foreground trees. Now...if you progressively lighten your trees as and the ground even, as you move back towards the mountains, you will give your picture depth.

But...that being said...you've done a good job, and you are on your way towards putting together a fine work.

11-14-2010, 11:08 AM
Well done and I think Baggy has given you some good info to make it even better, or for the next time, I do agree as well. I also agree your horse's form is very well done, little changes should give him more presence as well.


11-15-2010, 06:00 AM
I love the modeling of the horse and overall composition.

11-27-2010, 06:09 PM
Revisted this one!
Thanks so much for your advice and tips, Baggy, Elaine and Arlene!:wave:

I tried to follow this advice given, still realize I should have lessened the intensity of the BG colors, but will happily pay more attention to that in the future.
Here is the newer version, hope it is better:)


11-28-2010, 10:46 AM
:thumbsup: I really like the improvements you have made. Nice work.

11-28-2010, 06:45 PM
Great work, the changes realy make it more alive!

11-28-2010, 06:52 PM
what a beauty

11-30-2010, 11:42 PM
First, excellent rendering of the horse. You could still bring some more light into just the foreground rocks and the trees immediately behind the horse to add to the perspective.

12-01-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks Ben!

I have faded the BG a bit and lightened up the midground, I think it helped lessen the "competition" between the Horse and Mt.
The FINAL, I promise:lol: ...


12-01-2010, 02:14 PM
:thumbsup: Looks great, you have given much more depth to the picture.

12-01-2010, 02:29 PM
Much better. Good job!

12-01-2010, 02:47 PM
Lovely painting Barb. Big difference between the 1st and 2nd versions. It is amazing sometimes what a few adjustments can do! :)


Margaret 59
12-01-2010, 03:30 PM
The horse is the star of this beautiful painting.

12-01-2010, 07:22 PM
Thank you all for your lovely comments and encouraging remarks!:)

chammi kaiser
12-02-2010, 06:29 AM
I love the attitude of your horse - sort of cocky !! I think your changes have made an immense difference to the painting. Really like it.

12-02-2010, 01:16 PM
Thank you Chammi!

I should have mentioned this before, but you are right as to the horse's attitude. Cocky or self assured, that's what I wanted.

The Horse represents Me. This painting depicts my longing to go "Home" to the Mts. "I'm" looking back...which means I'm hesitating, or am "I" taking one last look before moving forward, up the Mt.?:wink2: