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Old 03-19-2012, 02:54 PM
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Bell tower

This is the belltower of a church in Southern Switzerland, painted in oil on canvas, 50x70 cm, sketched at location.
I had difficulties with the background which is not the sky but should be the wooden slope of a mountain.
In the lower right I added a green bush because the painting appeared too geometrical in this area.
I had also problem with the values, so I revised the painting several times.

Please, can you check and critisize my painting?
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:06 AM
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Re: Bell tower

In my opinion, the wooded slope is not that, but sky colors. There is nothing that indicates a wooded slope, at all. I suggest you look at paintings or photos, as well as studying real life slopes. See the colors used for trees, for trunks, to indicate slopes. See how distance is shown by size and color, nearer objects being larger and of stronger color than more distant ones.
Another thing that I see is the strong shadow of the near building, but no shadow from the tall one next to it. I would think there should be one. Mu opinion only, and I hope it helps you.
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Re: Bell tower

I really like the geometrical aspect of the top portion of this painting. But for me the lower 20 percent or so is much weaker. For the bell tower to *really* be the star of the show I'd say either enhance the value change on the tower or crop the image. As an experiment take a white mat board and hold it up horizontally to cut off the image just above the window in the forefront building. That makes a more powerful composition and the tower stands out more.

When I first viewed this my response was Oh I like this. But then I scrolled down and saw there was more below where my screen had cut it off. To me, the lower portion took away from the drama of the tower and the sky.

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Old 06-01-2012, 03:39 PM
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Re: Bell tower

Thanks for your input.
Difficult to cut off the painting. There might be a competition between the light areas in the painting. I have to think about what I will depict: the pathway or the belltower or something else.
Also the background needs some treatment as it is not recognizable as slope or as sky.
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