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Old 07-16-2017, 11:17 PM
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Swing in sunset

Another lesson painting from Len Hend's free online course. My person is standing up in the swing and my sunset kind of turned cloudy.
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Re: Swing in sunset

This is very nice with lovely billowing clouds dominating the picture plane, and the right side tree echoing the roundness. Just a great painting!
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That person better run, it's going to hail. But seriously, some very nice work in the landscape area with the colours and lighting. Were you supposed to paint the two buildings like that?
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:55 PM
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That person better run, it's going to hail. But seriously, some very nice work in the landscape area with the colours and lighting. Were you supposed to paint the two buildings like that?


We were to mix our darker colours together and then put in a bit of raw sienna with those and then just outline the rooftops with white.

Attached is the instructor's painting. Since the Instructor Len Hend is not teaching anymore, if you have suggestions on changing my colours for the houses, please go ahead and let me know. At least I will know for next time.

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This is very nice with lovely billowing clouds dominating the picture plane, and the right side tree echoing the roundness. Just a great painting!


Thank you, I am enjoying learning every day as I paint more and more.....well I wish it was every day, I still have an outside job....sigh...
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I like your fence line & foreground / light on grass BETTER than the instructor's painting!
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The light on the grass is very well done indeed
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His is a nice one, too, and he should've added a third bird in the sky.
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The two buildings just don't seem like good composition. Am I wrong? What do others here think?
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Re: Swing in sunset

To be honest onestroke, while I'm glad to hear you enjoy painting, I think you could learn more from better painters in this forum.
I agree that your fence line is better than the original, and the foreground grass and lighting.
The orange rope-like path in the original is not at all clear what it should be and draws the eye by the brightness of the colour.
The comp is not particularly good ... the tree and two huts are isolated with little linkage.
His sky is slick and attractive in his choice of colour and use of paint but although your own colours are not 'sunset' colours and the clouds a little unreal, your tonal silhouettes of the tree and huts are better, I think!
Building a better comp, grouping buildings and trees together, thinking of the 'setting' of a place and also thinking how to make the focal point important to make it clear what the work is about would make a more satisfying painting.
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Re: Swing in sunset

I kind of like yours better as well. Your composition has more energy; and your sky has more drama. Even the light and shadow on the grass works better to evoke a mood.
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I like your fence line & foreground / light on grass BETTER than the instructor's painting!


Thank you! I wish I could say it was intentional, but purely dumb luck....
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The light on the grass is very well done indeed


Thank you, it was not intentional, but somehow came out that way....
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Re: Swing in sunset

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To be honest onestroke, while I'm glad to hear you enjoy painting, I think you could learn more from better painters in this forum.
I agree that your fence line is better than the original, and the foreground grass and lighting.
The orange rope-like path in the original is not at all clear what it should be and draws the eye by the brightness of the colour.
The comp is not particularly good ... the tree and two huts are isolated with little linkage.
His sky is slick and attractive in his choice of colour and use of paint but although your own colours are not 'sunset' colours and the clouds a little unreal, your tonal silhouettes of the tree and huts are better, I think!
Building a better comp, grouping buildings and trees together, thinking of the 'setting' of a place and also thinking how to make the focal point important to make it clear what the work is about would make a more satisfying painting.

Thank you for your comments. I have also looked to Keith Fenwick, Terry Harrison, Bob Ross, etc. to learn painting. What I like about Len Hend is the lesson by lesson format, an actual course which is free. I know on wetcanvas, there is an actual drawing course which I started then stopped because I find it tedious to draw. Arnoud is a fantastic instructor, but drawing is not my thing. I want to paint my scene directly on the canvas -no drawing. And as I mentioned somewhere previously, I do like the loose way that Len uses to paint. I don't see an actual painting course, lesson by lesson on wetcanvas unless I missed it....
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I kind of like yours better as well. Your composition has more energy; and your sky has more drama. Even the light and shadow on the grass works better to evoke a mood.


Thank you! Again it was not intentional, purely dumb luck....
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