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Old 11-18-2019, 02:59 PM
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Hello again, It's been a long time since I posted anything, but still go on this site a lot. I am a 83 year old hobbyist with no formal training. A lot of my painting are way too dark so this is an practice to make things a little lighter. CC and suggestions always most welcome.
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:12 PM
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Hi, Maybe under the trees would still have some shadowing to add a little contrast in the foreground. Some shadows would depend on light direction, but under bushes & trees is some slightly dark areas due to foliage..
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Lovely scene, and as you say, it's light and airy. The trees remind me of willows, with their sprangly black trunks and silver-green leaves. My eye follows the grassy road and along the path of open water between the trees, then wanders along the cliff and back around the lines of the sprawling branches. Nice!

I wish I could see the painting in person. I have trouble distinguishing some things about the water and sky, which I would certainly see better in person.

I'm guessing the painting is maybe 14 X 18 inches?
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Nice to see you back. This is a very pleasant and inviting landscape. I like your trees especially. Looks like a great place to have a picnic.
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Thank you all for you nice comments. JMW and Hiking with Dogs, I see you are in Oregon. This is the McKee Cover Bridge in Oregon. I did this for a friend in Medford.
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Joe, good to see you back here!
This is certainly a higher-key painting than the bridge... it's pretty, light and airy.
Your most dominant tone is the mountain ... be careful about strongest colours/tones in the background because they can negate the sense of depth/distance .... keep your strongest colours for the foreground, and the most detail, as this will increase your sense of distance, leading the viewer into the picture plane to explore.
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You definitely didn't go too dark on this one. Very light and peaceful feeling.
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Both painting are lovely.
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Thank you all. With the rains soon to be here in California I will have a lot of time to practice.
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