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Old 04-28-2012, 08:23 AM
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Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

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Title: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia
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Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 15
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This is the 2nd watercolour I did from a reference photo, over a year ago now. I took the photo whilst driving around the lower Blue mountains Hawkesbury district and thought it was quite pretty and gave it a go! I actually sold it (to my total amazement, as I was new to watercolour and wasn't even considering selling) as soon as it was finished so I can't make changes now, but I am interested for future studies in any and all critique and feedback. I expect quite few crits. No offence will be taken =))

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I know that the perspective of the cottage shed is off, and I feel that I should not have made the letterbox central. When I painted it, I wasn't aware of these compositional issues, but after studying so many other artists works I am now frustrated that I didn't do this work justice and now I can't retrieve it to correct. So.... At least I can use my knowledge for future works. If you can please critique me on these and any other issues I would be greatly appreciative. Cheers. Debs. =))
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:47 AM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

I would not have made this beautiful cottage so dominant in the picture. I think that you should have shown a wider area with a lead in to the cottage and used the rule of thirds to enhance the composition. No reason why you can't just do another with that in mind.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:10 PM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

Hi Phil, not a bad idea!!! I never thought of broadening the composition, the ref photo was cropped so there was more I could have added! Yes, great idea! I may well do another one of this scene as it appealed to a lot of people who saw it and I enjoyed doing it. I feel if I attempt a similar one of the same scene I would like to improve on it hence my posting it here. Thanks for your suggestions Phil, much appreciated! Cheers. Debs. =))
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:18 AM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

Debzy, essentially, you've critiqued your painting well. When you go to redo it, keep your center of interest in mind...what will it be? Phil's advice is spot on...especially the rule of thirds, the Golden Mean.

But don't feel badly about this painting. Someone is admiring and enjoying it. That's a good thing!
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

lovely work, but yeah, if the decorative things in the front yard were moved a bit to the right it would both cover some of the boring side of the cottage and be perfectly in a rule of thirds spot ... also a titch of blue shared into the brown roof would integrate it more compatibly with the rest of the scene.

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:46 AM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

Thanks Dana and La, absolutely top critique as always! I will definitely attempt this one again and adapt yours and Phil's suggestions. It will definitely improve the painting heaps, and I love the idea of integrating some blue shades into the roof, I couldn't quite work out what was bothering me about the roof and you have nailed it I think La ! Brilliant! Thank you again all of you, so much appreciated. Cheers as always, Debs. =))
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

When I have to use a photograph as the reference, and when I paint plein air, I put on my 'I am God' tee shirt. Cos I can with the stroke of a brush add a giant tree, remove an entire mountain, add cows, remove clouds. A photo is only an aide-memoires and a scene is only how it feel into place not the best composition necessarily. Get yourself a tee shirt and keep painting cos you have a talent so you are honour bound to develop it. That's just from one aussie to another!
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

Love the greens, and expression in the sky .
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:19 AM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

Thanks Marie and Arnie! You are right of course Marie, as a painter one can be like God, and create anything one wishes! So true, and I am indeed learning that now! Thank you for the feedback and advice. I will check out that wetcanvas thread Arnie and report back, I really appreciate your viewing my work both of you and am grateful for all help and advice. Cheers. Debs. =))
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:43 PM
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Re: Pretty cottage.... Hawkesbury district, Australia

I agree with most of the comments here.
The only other thing I might add is that you are using your watercolor a bit like an oil painter would use oil paint. Maybe try for layering the color in thinner washes and mixing it on the paper more than on the palette. I am inclined to think you may like using oil or acrylic better.
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