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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Oct. 2018: optional "autumn colors" theme!

the snow stayed so got to finish this yesterday. the composition is not optimal (esp. on the right) but i'm keeping this. 😊

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Geoff, l like the urban scene. I’m feeling the spaces, and I agree with Ronsul, some hard edges would help to define and separate spaces more.

Ronsul, that’s a beautiful snow scene. Very well painted.

Stapeliad, wonderful colors and values, all very harmonious and convincing.
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Ronsu, I think your painting is serene and lovely.

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how do you paint your shadows? i mean, when, in your planning?

I work from dark to light and consider them at the beginning.
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Plein air in the adirondacks near Elk Lake Lodge, right up the road from my camp.Spent about 30 min in studio, then oiled out a few days later to revamp....
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Lisa, that is a lovely painting, nice fall colors too.
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thank you Boogiechile, hope to see your work here again soon!
and thank you stapeliad, i had to put it on top of a cupboard, couldn't stop fiddling with the details. haven't finished paintings that much, it appears to be a process in its own right, with its own rules. interesting.

Idavid, you really nailed this month's challenge! it feels so good to look at those colors with the deep shade enlivening the dark chroma. i'm inspired and want to try that effect.. but not today, serious rest needed. hope you won't mind if i post a similar image soon! 😊
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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Oct. 2018: optional "autumn colors" theme!

Wow, you guys have been busy while I've been traveling! I'm back now, but tired, so I'll take a closer look tomorrow and comment. Thanks for all the great contributions!
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Jessica, that's a really lovely Central Park scene. It has a reassuring feel to it. I'm really digging it. Yeah, fall colors haven't really arrived here yet, either. I'll probably extend the theme into November's thread!

Ronsu, that's one of your best! Your last pass really made the fall colors come alive. Sign it and don't touch it!

Lisa, I'm really loving that painting. My eye is drawn to the pretty orange tree in the middle, but I'm also enjoying the reddish tree to the right and of course the reflections. Did you say you had a camp nearby? Was this a camping trip? I'd love to spend a couple of weeks in autumn painting in the Adirondacks. Sounds great!

I did this painting in life class today, in about two hours. As always, more time would have been nice, but I got a pretty good likeness. I warmed up her hair a bit, so we get some fall colors!

Incidentally, I struggled with the drawing for the first hour, and then the drawing suddenly all fell into place, and I was able to start thinking about color and value. If the drawing is right, you can get away with an awful lot of other mistakes, lol. "Emily looking right," oil on panel, 11" x 14."

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Re: Oil-from-life challenge, Oct. 2018: optional "autumn colors" theme!

that was an hour well spent, drawing!
you know how i go on about the feeling the muscles etc, this goes past that. earlier, the emergence of a person was the dominant feature, now i feel the neck, eyelids, sure, but the work reads "human". it speaks of something beyond the here and now. oh i know it sounds much, but that's just words. what's going on on the canvas is even larger than that. it's from the drawing, the solid 3D, what it did to your strokes and expression, regardless the speed painting hour. you've blown your way into yet a new domain.

thank you for your kind words 😊, i was careful and covered a couple of (dozen) mistakes, 's all. the happy is long gone, i'm all cranky cause we're having baskerville's hound's worth of fog every day, exceptional warm weather, and no time/energy for painting the Stuart Shils-landscapes i've longed for. grrrr.
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Thanks, ronsu! Sometimes I do better in life class when I have less time. It imposes a sense of urgency. Plein air can be that way too. If I have too much time, sometimes I'm indecisive and unproductive!
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Geoff,
Very good portrait! You really captured the tilt upward of the head, which is not an easy thing, and again great brushwork.
Here’s my painting from life this month. Picked these pears off my tree.
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Boogiechile that's moody, good color choices! even the reflections feel wistful, like autumn, and my favourite part is the group of leaves to the left. the crisp execution makes them the COI in a very calm yet surprising manner.
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That's really lovely, Boogiechile. I love your choice of surface background. The color and reflections really enhance the painting. Well done!
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I've been itching to paint this house for ages, and today I finally got to it. This took about two hours. "Orange Roof," oil on panel, 9" x 12."



Before I did the painting, I did this quick sketch. The idea was light house on dark background. "House on Brookside," ink and wash on paper, about 4" x 6."

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i do love your inks! the house is so sturdy yet disguised in the drawing, it's actively playing hide and seek while i'm looking. the painting is strong, it has a clear weather sparkle and it's obvious how you enjoyed painting the building! it comes alive .
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