Deborah- Regarding the Ann Templeton painting, hmmm. I really love the vibrancy of the color, the contrast between the deep purple hills and the yellow foreground. It is very striking. The colors really separate the space into foreground, midground, background. I'm not sure about the strong dark horizontal shape though? It is the first thinkg I see. I think that the intent is to come into the painting at the line of trees, move up the road to the dark hills, then to the sky, (Maybe?), but I'm not quite sure my eye does that.
Chewie-This is a very restful painting. The reflections are spot on w/o taking away from your center of interest.
Edk-Very nice painting here, I can tell you've thought about the composition and feel the fence does a good job in directing my eye to the house.
I posted this one earlier in the thread, and think I've worked out some issues. I've eliminated the building, added a road, actually, everything including the mountains forward has been redone. I also, picked a cloud or an area of the sky to focus on at Deborah's suggestion. I think I'm done. I'm going to let it sit a week or two and look at it fresh. Does the foreground lead you into the painting now? Are the colors in the foreground too much, distracting from the focal point?
BTW is 18 1/2 X 24, soft pastels on Wallis