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Old 01-01-2018, 12:28 PM
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A Corner to Reflect

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Title: A Co<br>er to Reflect
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Dimension: 50 x 40cm's
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Grasmere, or part of it, painted by using a free image and a hefty dose of artistic licence. It's that part of the lake that drains into the Rothay and Rydal Water.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
Does the limited palette work? The original is clearer but I'm having some difficulty with my iphone for photos. I'm using Prussian blue, phthalo blue (considered cobalt) titanium white, primary yellow, black and a touch of red as a duller. It essentially looks sparse, but for a touch of yellow in the sky and snow. Is it enough?

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Re: A Corner to Reflect

compositionally i'm finding it heavy on the right and i don't think the 'grass' is doing you any favors.
a crude iphoto alternative attached if you've any interest in fiddling a bit more with it.

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Re: A Corner to Reflect

For me the tree areas feel a bit sooty/gloomy with the black used.
I wonder how a deep blued black would have looked.. and even more soft blue in to the distant trees..
The water & reflections are very nice.
Agree on the grass, just too strong/eye grabbing..

It gives a very cool feeling, some might prefer a few more warm tones, unless you want the cool feel overall..
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:00 AM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Thanks, la, for taking the time to look and comment. Appreciated. I think you're bang on about the grasses, as they tend to get in the way. Your subtle approach opens the painting up and that is definitely the way I intend to go.

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compositionally i'm finding it heavy on the right and i don't think the 'grass' is doing you any favors.
a crude iphoto alternative attached if you've any interest in fiddling a bit more with it.

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Old 01-02-2018, 05:13 AM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Thanks, JMW, for the great suggestions and general critique. Appreciated.

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For me the tree areas feel a bit sooty/gloomy with the black used.
I wonder how a deep blued black would have looked.. and even more soft blue in to the distant trees.. ...I agree on both counts and might just add a glaze to see where it takes me.
The water & reflections are very nice.
Agree on the grass, just too strong/eye grabbing.....Yes, they hog the limelight, pushing the main subject into the background. Consider them zapped.

It gives a very cool feeling, some might prefer a few more warm tones, unless you want the cool feel overall.....It's supposed to reflect a very cold hoarfrost, making the trees look as if they still sport their foliage. The sky, rear lake and foreground snow have a hint of primary yellow but perhaps it's not showing due to the poor quality photo.

Thanks again for some very useful pointers. More than appreciated.

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Old 01-14-2018, 04:06 PM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Here's a revised version, taking the above points into account.

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Here's a revised version, taking the above points into account.

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I think this is quite lovely now.
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:36 AM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Thank you, Onestrokeartist, for looking and taking the time to comment. Very much appreciated.

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Re: A Corner to Reflect

IMHO I think that the well done beautiful reflections are the focal point to the painting, and therefore, you might wish to consider reducing the barrier in the front to just a stopper at the corner.
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:59 PM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Thanks, Lunchbox, for the response to this piece. I appreciate you taking the time to look and comment.

Your idea, and indeed the example you've posted, has certainly got me thinking. I was going to add some birds to the foreground as the main focal point and needed somewhere for them to sit. However, that move does relegate the reflections to a cameo role so I might just change my mind OR paint another picture.

Thanks again for your thoughtful suggestion.

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Re: A Corner to Reflect

I remember that line from Jethro Tull's "Aqualung":

"You still remember, December's foggy freeze..."
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:54 AM
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Re: A Corner to Reflect

Thanks again, hms. Jethro Tull was one of my favourites. *smile* (showing our age)

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