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Old 04-13-2012, 06:28 AM
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Three small pieces

Although I have hesitated to post in such skilled company, I thought I'd show some of the work I've been doing. All are 6"x8", painted fairly rapidly in typically British changing lighting conditions. Feels like I'm at the beginning of a lifelong venture!
Although it's too late for these particular pieces, your comments and constructive criticisms are welcome. I'm still finding my way.



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Old 04-13-2012, 07:54 AM
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Re: Three small pieces

These look very nice to me, Helen! You are describing the light on the big masses without getting distracted by details. I like your limited palette too and the color harmony that results. What a great start!
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Re: Three small pieces

Helen, these are three nice pieces! I love the comp. especially in the last one. The only crit. I can think of might be to make the darker parts of the clouds lighter than the ground. Generally speaking, the sky (and what's in it) will be lighter than the ground. But not always, and that can be pushed sometimes. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!
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Re: Three small pieces

I really like your third piece with the clouds. It makes me want to grab my easel and go.
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Very nice indeed!
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Re: Three small pieces

This is making me want to get out and paint! In other words, you are making it look so easy when it's in fact, it's such a challenge!

I like how you've kept it simple, focused on the big shapes and leaving out the details. # 3 is nice as it has depth because of the clouds, but I like the abstract feel of # 2. Keep at it and show us more!
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Re: Three small pieces

Wow bold and effective Helen, I like these very much they are very individual. Hopefully they will scale up successfully. Dave
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Re: Three small pieces

Thanks for the encouraging comments.

Donna: Thankyou. You noticed my limited palette. I get too carried away by colours if I have them all there to choose from!

James: Thanks for the suggestion about the clouds. I think I need to concentrate more on tones - sometimes they are really way out and I ruin the space in the picture.

Steve and Graham T: Cheers! (Steve, I hope you grabbed your easel and went!)

Chantal: Thankyou. I like reducing things to colours and shapes and don't have very good 3D vision so most things look abstract to me, anyway!

Dave: Thanks! Yes, scaling up is the big challenge ...
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