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Old 02-07-2020, 11:24 AM
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Old Winchester Hill (Watercolours)

I went to some old uni friend’s 40th Wedding aniversary last year, and they suggested a painting of old Wincheset Hill as a present - so I’ve been having a go.
The first is the ‘classic’ view of the Winchest hill from the carpark with prehistoric settlement on the top, and the Isle of Wight in the background.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:17 PM
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I think these capture the feel of that countryside. My only critique might be that they are somewhat overworked. It would be interesting if sometime you showed one of these in stages.
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Hi Arnie,

I think all three are really good! I'm partial to the last one as I think that one has the most interesting pathways through the painting. Any one of them would make a fine gift.

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Old 02-07-2020, 05:10 PM
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Re: Old Winchester Hill (Watercolours)

I like your use of brushstrokes and how they seem to fall into the same category. You blended the colors very well for this watercolor painting and that brushing creating these rounded shapes to create the clouds and trees help unify the composition and establish a theme for it, this dark and misty atmosphere, and it looks fantastic.
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Hi Arnie, the first is my favourite because it is so dramatic and the sky is wonderful! I also like the second very much. I think they would all make a fine gift. Beautifully painted!
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I like them all! Great work. Beautiful skies.
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All are fantastic Arnie! I love the sky in the first one but my favorite is the second one with that lovely path vanishing in the distance and love the fence as well.
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Arnie I'm no WC painter, but I love the play of dark and light and richness of color in these. Nice work.
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Re: Old Winchester Hill (Watercolours)

Arnie....I agree all of these works are just beautifully handled and I would be proud to receive any one of them.
Love the earthy greens and rolling hills... if I had to pick a favorite I would probably say the 3rd piece is my favorite.
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I like the second one best, very inviting. I want to go exploring in it.
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Arnie - All nice with plenty of contrast in each due to your use of the full value range. Sky colors & values added to the distances work great & I like your variation in edges which direct the eye to areas of interest.

The 2nd is my favorite as I love those sweeping hills which counteract each other perfectly & the 'lead in' track which takes the viewer into the scene. Nice Work !

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Re: Old Winchester Hill (Watercolours)

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I think these capture the feel of that countryside. My only critique might be that they are somewhat overworked. It would be interesting if sometime you showed one of these in stages.

Thanks oldnmartist: I'm still trying to get the paint to lay how i want it without over working it, but inevietably i end up in disaster recovery mode so its not as 'clean', but then i like to leave blobs of paint around for the feeling it gives.
Had'nt thought of the end result looking overworked tho, so thanks for your comment.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:59 AM
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It may just be the photos. I wish we could see the real thing! I never feel like my own paintings look quite the same on this site as they do on my wall.
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I really like the color intensity and value contrasts that you put into your watercolors. I am not sure it makes sense but they just feel solid to me. Gary
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They are all super, Arnie. I can't decide which I like. I very much like the distance, the sky and the path in the third. The sky is fantastic in the first and I like the winding path in the second!
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