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Old 01-03-2018, 11:06 AM
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Im thinking of adding more skaters, just tiny specks, in the distance. Yes/no?
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:12 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

I love the warm colors even though a winter scene.. very pleasing, gonna be a nice one..
It feels like it is a back field & creek, so maybe not too many others would be there?
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Re: Skating lesson

Just going by the number of tracks in the ice, I would add a couple to justify those.
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Re: Skating lesson

Take this suggestion, or leave it: In mid-distance, maybe around where the side-creek enters, have a third skater (representing the father) turned toward the mother and child. Possibly even crouched down to the level of the child.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:20 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

Pinquino, Ive considered doing just that, but Im hesitating. I like to leave loose ends, like Where's the father? Or Did Dad do the painting / take the photo? Or I wonder if she's a single mom? Adding Dad would just reveal way too much information to my way of thinking. A handful of kids on the furthest canal is where I'm leaning right now.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:14 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

Pinquino, Ive considered doing just that, but Im hesitating. I like to leave loose ends, like Where's the father? Or Did Dad do the painting / take the photo? Or I wonder if she's a single mom? Adding Dad would just reveal way too much information to my way of thinking. A handful of kids on the furthest canal is where I'm leaning right now.
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Re: Skating lesson

Captured the light perfectly Tom
Most Winter scenes can be quite run of the mill but your work has a lot of interest.
The number of people in the picture is also perfect in my opinion.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:23 AM
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:38 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

I was going to give the lady a scarf, but decided to leave it plain. So I guess Im done. Oh, I did warm up the snow highlights a bit and added highlights to the ladys hair.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:46 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

Looks good. The added warmth (presumably low winter sun, partly overcast) and the highlights and shadows, really do the job.

The distant skaters can be discerned in the enlarged photo. They are not obviously skaters in the reduction.

Incidentally, I skate moderately well. Being retired, I can use indoor arenas when they are not crowded, in mid-afternoon. Young moms with a child are quite common. I often skate backwards from a few yards away, encouraging the nervous child. And, there are refrigerated outdoor seasonal rinks here and there. Nice to skate, then switch to a bathing suit and sunbathe. Sorry about that, Vermonters.
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Re: Skating lesson

Hi Tom, beautiful work. Really lovely theme and execution. The landscape itself is lovely. The transition at the horizon is very nice. The temp change from cool to warm to cool again is beautiful. My one thought is of the girls coat. Its quite eye catching. I think if you were to neutralize the color a little, my eye would be a little freer to roam the picture plane. Again, its really beautifully handled. The fields, trees and sky work so harmoniously together. 👍👍👍 well done!!
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:09 PM
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Re: Skating lesson

And good choice to leave the two skaters alone! It feels like a private moment rather than a communal one.
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Re: Skating lesson

Excellent Tom
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