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Old 09-30-2019, 10:42 AM
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Venice at night


Title: Venice at night
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Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 60x40cm
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Hi, I've just joined Wetcanvas and this is the 1st painting I've uploaded - so please be gentle :-).
I'm just getting back into art (this is probably the 5th or 6th painting I have done after getting back into art).
It is "based" on a photo, but I have done around a 3rd of it from my imagination (taken the interesting bits from the photo and added bit's myself / changed the composition slightly)

I'd appreciate any comments/feedback - thanks
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:28 PM
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Re: Venice at night

Well you clearly know how to paint, and draw. Iím not sure if you were going for realism here or styleizing. If itís the latter I donít know what to say, itís not my style but you did a lot of good work here, itís just not for me. If itís realism you were after then there are some perspective issues, particularly the Vaporetto Stop. The buildings are VERY brightly illuminated and Venice is a dark, lonely feeling sort of place at night. The perfectly flat cloud bottoms are distracting, I know it happens but they look odd. Again, I can see how much work you put into this and I felt that somebody should post a comment.
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Old 10-02-2019, 06:28 PM
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Re: Venice at night

Without seeing the photo, what jumps out to me the most is how bright the water is compared to the sky.. the very bright buildings seem to not fit with night sky also.
Probably too bright even for a daylight scene..

Variation of colors/values, shading/shadows, and lines (hard & soft edges) are things to consider.
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:58 PM
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Re: Venice at night

ah, only with art can we so 'easily' build a city made of gold

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Old 10-04-2019, 05:21 AM
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Re: Venice at night

Hi, thanks for the comments and feedback. The painting did take me a few weeks working a couple of hours after work every other night or so - I was thinking I'd never get it finished at one point! :-) I do love painting light reflections on water

I suppose I was going for a stylised reality. My stylised flat bottomed clouds are just my thing, you're right that they're not very realistic (the night sky including the moon are not from the photo).

The source photo is more from dusk than my night sky - so I can see why the whole effect is a bit too bright (including the water). The source photo is also very bright as there is so much artificial light in that street/water scene at dusk/night - the buildings do appear very bright in the photo. Luckily, I completed the painting by adding a burnt umber wash to the buildings (more so with the bits way from artificial light) - it was even brighter before! :-)

Thanks again for the comments and feedback so far
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