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Old 08-12-2018, 04:29 PM
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Top of the Hill

This has been off and on my easel for a while. I'm not really satisfied with it, but can't seem to figure out where to go from here.

It's 14 X 18 acrylic.

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Old 08-12-2018, 04:37 PM
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Re: Top of the Hill

Hi There Iris: Your lightest lights are not light enough.....not popping.
That is all you need as far as I can see.
Perhaps too many medium values. Contrast needed.
I like it.....worth tweaking.
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Re: Top of the Hill

Derek's (Dcam) observations are accurate. I also notice that the boundary between field and background trees is a bit sharp, which is visually distracting. Perhaps break up the lines a bit.
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I always enjoy seeing your rural views, Iris, and I like this one too! Derek and Pinguino bring up some good points. I like how the shadow across the road connects the two barns. They might seem to be too separated without it.
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:05 AM
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Re: Top of the Hill

Derek - Thanks for the advice. Contrasts in my paintings are really something I need to work on.

Pinguino - You know the old saying "can't see for looking"? That's me for this painting. Now that you have pointed out the boundary line, it's so apparent how glaring it is... thank you.

Donna - It's always so nice to hear that someone enjoys viewing your work. Thank you so much for expressing that to me!
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Re: Top of the Hill

I really like the way that you have captured the contours of the landscape and the red/green compliment scheme.

Larry Seiler (here) likes to talk about a "Mid-Value Crisis" when more variation is needed in lights and darks. You probably need a bit more of that but I like where this is at.

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Re: Top of the Hill

The gray barn looks correct for the looking down & distance aspect, but not sure on the perspective of the red barn..It seems to be a bit closer, but you would still be looking down on it..maybe it is the roofline that feels off to me. Or the tilt of the whole barn should be more like the gray barn.. just larger size.?

I agree on adding some pop & contrast..
and the line at base of far trees, the dark swoop line kind of grabs the eye...
might even consider a glaze or muting that far tree line with a blued gray green, just to push it back compared to the closer trees and grasses..

If the foreground is a grassy hill top those colors could be much bolder , think a sun lit top of hill, then the lower scene will automatically appear more distant.
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