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Old 07-07-2019, 10:41 PM
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Jailhouse Rock

Yes, that's what I'm told they call this coastal formation at Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, CA. Love this place. Tons of great views, and today the wildflowers were all over the place.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:00 AM
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So vibrant!
The brilliant colors of sea, sun, and flora are evident.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:25 PM
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Re: Jailhouse Rock

I can see another painting, painted in this same location. I see the interesting staircase leading down to the water. Your warm and cool pops of color are wonderful. The composition takes you from the left hand corner, down the stairs and just out past the small rock not far from shore. The colors in the ocean are outstanding and draw me in. The stairs are framed nicely by the steep hillsides. You wouldn't have to move your easel. Am I being too lazy?
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:36 PM
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I can see another painting, painted in this same location. I see the interesting staircase leading down to the water. Your warm and cool pops of color are wonderful. The composition takes you from the left hand corner, down the stairs and just out past the small rock not far from shore. The colors in the ocean are outstanding and draw me in. The stairs are framed nicely by the steep hillsides. You wouldn't have to move your easel. Am I being too lazy?
If I understand, you're actually suggesting cropping this down losing the top 40%.
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:58 AM
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Re: Jailhouse Rock

As I did a quick scroll, I spotted the second possibility. You could paint a second version, concentrating on the area closer to where you were standing. I was drawn to your color choices when you painted the stairs. That second, closer version has a very nice composition. I was just thinking out loud.
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Re: Jailhouse Rock

I agree with water girl I thought the same thing. The steps leading down to the sea are really nice and that part of the sea to the first rock does make a painting all of it's own. Really nice painting!
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:52 AM
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Appreciate the kudos and feedback.

I realize the painting looks like 2 different paintings, because the main rock formation is a different color and value range. Reality is that in life that's very true: it's black volcanic rock.

Yes, I like the forground best as well, but hadn't thought about cutting down the painting before. I doubt I could repaint it the same, but you never know, might try as an experiment.
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Re: Jailhouse Rock

Nicely done, Bart! I admire the looseness of your strokes and your colors are gorgeous! It would be interesting to see you do another version of this, even if it's just for practice. If you were standing there looking out at the rock you wouldn't even notice the stairs and if you looked at the beautiful design the stairs make you wouldn't see the rock or the distant hills. It's so hard to subordinate everything else that isn't the main concept when our photos show everything. At least that is my struggle.
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OK which of these is what you're all suggesting? Both cropped down, but one more than the other. Thanks.



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I prefer the second crop because it includes more of those beautiful flowers on the hillside. What would you think about adding a couple of people walking along the beach near the bottom of the steps? Or a person and a dog. Would that make it too busy or provide an extra element of interest? I'm just throwing out ideas!
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I prefer the second crop because it includes more of those beautiful flowers on the hillside. What would you think about adding a couple of people walking along the beach near the bottom of the steps? Or a person and a dog. Would that make it too busy or provide an extra element of interest? I'm just throwing out ideas!
Nah, but thanks for the idea anyway. I don't like putting people in my landscapes, though I can certainly paint people. This was just about the scenery.
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Re: Jailhouse Rock

The second one gives us more open ocean. The way you have handled the water deserves that extra room. The composition is spot on.
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The second crop works very well as composition. A very nice painting.

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