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Old 04-05-2012, 08:04 PM
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sunset lake

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Title: sunset lake
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This will be my next painting.

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I would like any information on conposition.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:40 AM
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Re: sunset lake

I think this will be a lovely scene to paint. The composition is good already. Maybe the gold tree in the middle shouldn't meet with the top tree line, and perhaps slightly less central, but otherwise I think it will be fine. Just my opinion of course, I am not an expert in composition! =)) Debs.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:06 AM
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Re: sunset lake

That is gorgeous.
You may have the same problem here as I have had recently. Much of the darkness is on the right. The picture can either lead away fading to the top left or you could add something of medium strength on the left to
balance the composition.
Good luck...a great photograph.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:51 AM
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Re: sunset lake

Definitely a nice photo. Were I attempting this I think I'd crop out some of that water... say about half way between the rock on the foreground edge and the first island. As Deb mentioned watch out for tangents on the two trees and the rocks on the left. The background hill range could be made taller and give it a more interesting line to make the sky shape better. Good luck with it and please post when you are finished.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:55 PM
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Re: sunset lake

Beautiful reference photo. You may want to consider removing the tall trees on the right going off the canvas to reveal more of the water and light in the background. And, I think it would keep the viewer's eye from wandering off the canvas.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:57 PM
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Re: sunset lake

I'd keep the right side, because all those fun ripples in the water will make the composition more interesting. Plus then you keep 3 real perspective points, the front right trees, then middle rock and tree, then far trees. Instead, I would make the center yellow tree bigger - so it breaks up that straight line where it meets the far trees, and so that it can compete better with the frontmost right side. Obviously don't put in those hints of boulders at the very front of the canvas. Great idea to put a photo here, as people see different things. Hmm, might have to try that.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: sunset lake

I would make adjustments to the center area of rocks where there are straight lines formed by the elements. I would loosen those lines up so they don't run so straight or parallel to the background. As mentioned, the height of the golden tree meets with the background treetops, so I'd adjust that and also shift its location more off center. I might introduce some red. And more gold to the darker greener right side.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:10 PM
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Re: sunset lake

As far as the composition, I would say cut off some of the left side. When I put my hand on the screen to cover up certain sections of the image, the best compostion I get is when my hand cover some of the the rock on the left side of the image.

Just a thought.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:26 PM
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Re: sunset lake

The water at the bottom of the image seems to overwhelm the (much less) sky at the top of the image. From the lowest rocks (on the right) to the bottom of the picture, you could safely eliminate up to perhaps half of that to give the sky better relative proportions.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:34 PM
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Re: sunset lake

Well you do paint very well.
I agree with the people that said the sky is a bad shape, especially on the left fourth of the image. The long unbroken curve isn't helping you. Even if you painted one rogue tree sticking up it would help a lot. There is just something troubling about curves like this that exit the picture plane on a downward angle.
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Re: sunset lake

Very nice piece. The only crit that I have is with the yellow tree on the island. I would make it taller so that it goes over the distant tree line. That would give it a little more presence.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:23 AM
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Re: sunset lake

I think this is a photo isn't it? Still no reply from Harryfisherman? =))
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