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09-04-1999, 06:06 PM
Okay, another chance to critique the editor!

I call this one "One Tree Hill", 8x10, oil on canvas. One note, the center of interest (the tree) isn't really on the center of the canvas. It's actually a bit off to the right - had to do some creative cropping to make up for poor photography... :-(


The larger one is in the virtual gallery:


09-05-1999, 10:46 PM
Well, I still feel new, but I'm feeling bold tonight. ;-)

I think the tree is rendered very well. Quite convincing, with the exception of the trunk, which seems a bit thin and twiggy. The sky peeks though so nicely, and the tree is appropriately globular yet uneven. The color is great - aglow with that early autumn fire.

What confuses me is the sky and ground. If you want plain color blocks, then go for it - give us plain, unmitigated color to stand against your beautiful tree. If you want detail there, then give those areas the same attention you gave the tree. Give us more substantial clouds, better defined grass.

But choose - be decisive. As it stands, the backgound looks half-done, out of place, an afterthought. Make the tree either fit with its background, or *really* stand out against it. I think this image has a lot of potential - it just needs to go an extra step.

Now please don't kick me off the boards. I like it here. ;-)


09-05-1999, 11:08 PM
Hi Laura - excellent points, indeed. And no, I won't kick you off the boards - not for pointing out the obvious... :-)

I created this particular piece on a little 8x10 canvas, just wasting some time and practicing working with autumn foliage. I'd love to see Johannes take your excellent advice and work up a digital critique with this one - especially in the area of clouds and bold color in the foreground. Johannes? :-)


Phyllis Franklin
11-22-2000, 06:43 PM
Hope you are painting Scott. How about a Cranberry Sauce Tree?

I sorta have always liked this piece. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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11-22-2000, 11:22 PM
Scott~ you've some good, interesting pieces in your gallery! I took liberty of playing for a moment with your tree...agreed about trunk and thought a bit more weight to left would add to its interest. I've done many a "quickie" piece that didn't turn out so well as this you have done! Trees a a favorite of mine to work with so forgive this irristable urge!Colors are nice!<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/one_tree_hill.jpg" border=0>


11-23-2000, 03:45 AM
the small one is too tiny
but the larger one is exquisite.
true eye candy!

11-23-2000, 04:05 AM
Hey Scot,
When I first saw the name I thought Rod had been at work, as an historical pine tree in Auckland NZ that used to occupy the top of "One Tree Hill" has recently been cut down as being past it, since, it has been attacked by local Maori activists with chain saws over recent years. It was just about dead and while looked grand sitting where it did atop the lip of one of seven extinct (they hope)volcanos that Auckland is built upon and it had done so for 100 yrs or more.Alas its days were numbered and down it came with pomp and ceremony.In its day it looked grand as yours does be they of different species never mind.So your painting of One Tree Hill you can say is famous.

11-23-2000, 08:06 AM
Scott, This is a verrry attractive tree, IMO. I like the shading on the shadow side that also spills onto the ground, and the hint of branches sticking out here and there... just a little, not too much. Perfect. Sky looks good, too.... the color transition, and directional brushstroke that somehow read...SKY! I also liked your OLD tree in your gallery. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

David Acres
11-23-2000, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by jerryW:
the small one is too tiny
but the larger one is exquisite.
true eye candy!

Couldn't agree more! Great blowup work Sue!

Dave Acres...
Merely a student of life!

11-23-2000, 03:26 PM
Scott, trees are one of my favorite subjects, and trees in fall are the top of the list. You did a fine job here. I especially like the detailing of the right side, shadow side. The only critique I have is the size of the trunk as a few others have pointed out. It is so good to see you painting. It is also good to see you experimenting with different styles.


11-23-2000, 04:48 PM
Thanks all for the great comments - actually, this piece was one I posted over a year ago. Behold, the beauty of the Internet. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif