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08-19-2011, 10:05 PM
10in x 8in, acrylic on canvas

Red Mill - Clinton, NJ

I really hate this. Let me explain why. I realize that anytime I move toward a subject that is less organic, I change my mindset. I know I shouldn't, but it happens I suppose. Architectural landscapes have a subject focus that is needfully angular and structural. So I slow down and work with fine brushes. Normally I am fast and loose (with paintings too ... lol), big brushes, big swathes of color. Not here. I have to learn to stay within my style (not necessarliy my comfort zone) when I paint subjects like this. Studying and practice to come.


08-19-2011, 11:51 PM
Hi Rick, this is really pretty good for being out of your comfort zone.
Just takes some practice and practice at doing things your not familiar with,
I once thought that too.. keep at it.. tried something different, thought If I dont try it I wont know if I can do it or not.. just studied my reference photos and kept at it.. tried to do similar details in shading and color as best as possible.
Keep at it and practice, each painting will be better and better!!

chammi kaiser
08-20-2011, 08:18 AM
Rick. I would ask seriously, if you hate painting buildings, why do you????
I personally, think this is not bad at all. I think I understand your style when I look at the foliage behind the building. I would urge you to enjoy painting rather than forcing yourself to do things you really dislike. Stick to your own style, use big brushes to paint buildings. Just think of them as large and small shapes of colours and tones and ENJOY the process.

08-20-2011, 12:03 PM
Chammi -

It about halfway through this that I realized what the problem was. Its not that I hate painting buildings, its the fact that I can't stand the way I change my attack subconsciously according to subject matter. Now that I finally made that realization, I can go about things differently perhaps.

08-20-2011, 12:15 PM
I think what IS working is the building and the water, but the abstract nature of the background doesn't match.

I feel as if the forest is trying to eat your building and your building refuses to be eaten, so the two elements are clashing.

The point of the roof sends my eye into the trees (left side) but finds nothing to return to the painting.

I like the feel of the building and water alot! Maybe if someway the sky could reflect the building, as the water does? Somewhat surreal I know.