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Old 04-13-2012, 07:33 AM
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My First Painting

Yes, it sounds like a baby book, and yes, some of you may think it looks like a baby's artwork but i'm actually really pleased!!

I've never been able to kid myself that I could do 'fine art' and to be honest, fine art is not what i'm interested in hanging in my own house so I painted something I would be happy to look at every day.

It's probably what you'd call 'naive' art, I would think?

What do you think?



It's not anywhere as dark as it looks - it's actually quite bright but i took it in poor light on a Xoom.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:47 AM
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Re: My First Painting

Really nice abstraction especially of the masonry surfaces, interesting, fluid perspective (brings to mind Cezanne). A most pleasant never-land overlay.

I think it's remarkable. Any chance of re-capturing it in better light?
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:58 AM
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Re: My First Painting

Thank you for the comments!

Sure, i'll do that this evening. I didnt want to paint something 'in front of me' because if i got something a little bit wrong, the whole painting would look odd. With the 'neverland' scene I've chosen for all anyone knows it could be meant to look like that!

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:25 AM
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I can tell you've got a wonderful sense of color. I look forward to seeing more of your work!
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:42 AM
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Beautiful in its own style; full of pleasant colors and chromatic accords, and color is the soul of a painting!

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Re: My First Painting

I like it too.
The curve in the lines of the buildings add a magical touch or personality to the scene
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There is something oddly pleasing about this painting to me. I like it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:26 PM
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Re: My First Painting

Whether something is "fine art" depends on who is doing the categorizing.

In my opinion, this is more than just 'fine'. Shows a sense of value and color, composition and subject matter. It reveals something of the artist, and has a sense of peace and hope to it.

Altogether a very 'fine' painting.

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Awesome! Your first painting? You have a mountain of talent waiting in you.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:19 AM
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Re: My First Painting

I'm so flattered!

Seriously after someone at work told me it looked like something his 5 year old had done, I was a little disheartened.

AS i'm new to painting I just wanted to enjoy myself. Above all it's a hobby and so I couldnt see the point in painting something I wasnt enjoying creating.

I have made a special effort to put as much colour into the paintings (whilst still trying to keep some harmony) as possible as I personally find it very aesthetically pleasing. I'm glad you don't mind the not-quite-straight buildings too, I was a bit unsure about those.

Here is another shot of it, in better light as promised:



and a shot of the first coat of my 2nd painting, in the same style - it's just the background, there's another 2 coats to go on with more detail.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:38 AM
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I think it is great..Well done
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:59 PM
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Your work is absolutely charming and you have a wonderful way with colour. I am so pleased you are encouraged and glad your colleague didnt put you off (he doesnt know what he is talking about). Its good to hear of an artist doing what she wants for her own pleasure - it seems so many of us spend a lot of time beating ourselves up. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Re: My First Painting

The cool thing here is that you started. Don't be afraid to experiment. You may be able to find a different style. You are doing just fine. I myself just started painting again after putting the brush down for 30 years. Now I'm at it again. An exercise you can do when you are painting is have another small support nearby and just experiment with your color to see how it goes together before putting on the canvas. There's hundreds of different styles of painting and a hundred critics for each one.
You can also get a 16 X 20 board and paint the three primaries on it. and then start mixing say your violet. Under that violet your satisfied with write down 2 dobbs of blue and 1 dobb of red, etc. That way you will have a ready made reference until you get use to it.
Anyhow, Your painting looks great. Don't stop!
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Re: My First Painting

I'm surprised this is your first painting, you have a certainty with the lines and colours that looks so ... confident. Also, your coloring is so consistent and everything matches well. Or - maybe you're one of the lucky ones where your painting looks better in a photo!

I'd say keep it up, you're doing what you love and yes, you may hear that comment from others, but they don't understand to appreciate what you're doing. Once you have a few paintings, I think you should look into community galleries or amateur competitions. It's a very unique and different style! And I think your paintings would look fantastic as a series with several - like a village collection!
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:48 PM
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Re: My First Painting

I likey a lot!! Go look at some of Grandma Moses paintings?
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