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Old 09-12-2018, 11:46 PM
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Sunlit falls

16x20 oil on canvas. Our next theme at our arts council is light and dark. I focused this with the light in mind. Painted from a photo of falls at Rickets Glenn State Park.
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Re: Sunlit falls

I think the most distant water level, rock and bushes could be slightly bler to give it more distance.

Very nicely done.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:25 PM
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Re: Sunlit falls

the shadowed falls are amazing, as are the closest sun dappled rocks. your water is inspiring! the large sunlit rock somehow breaks the image with value when everything else is perfect - is it the photo?
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:11 AM
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Re: Sunlit falls

Kathie thank you for the suggestion. I appreciate the input
Ronsu18. Thank you. The photo is close. Some small detail is lost...mostly highlights.
I made a few changes
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Re: Sunlit falls

Interesting, I disagree with both comments. The top of the falls are the focal point, so making it sharp there makes sense, as does making this area the one with the largest value contrast. And the sunlit rock is a flowing continuation of the lighter values in this area, it also makes sense.

I do think you could work on the greens. The tree on far right uses white in the highlight, which is chalky looking, and all branches are the same size, shape, color, and angle. Add variety to make it look more like nature. Greens left of waterfall could be stronger -is that really thin paint or camera glare?
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Re: Sunlit falls

It has a lot of nice parts, but it's lacking a clear focus, IMO. I think it could have a stronger sense of light and atmosphere if you chose either the foreground or the waterfall as your focus, by putting the strongest value contrasts in either of the places and diminishing them in the other.

It's difficult to explain in words, so a picture might help. (I hope you don't mind me crudely tinkering with your work!)

I'd go for the foreground as the main focus, with a secondary focus on the light above the waterfall. This makes the waterfall look more mysterious:

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I like the different formations of rock. I'm in agreement with Allison about the tree on the right. I don't think it even needs to be there, it's a distraction.
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Re: Sunlit falls

I think you have good advice from our members on a fine painting that needs just a few tweaks.
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Re: Sunlit falls

This is very well painted, and I love your color usage. I do agree about the focal point needing more clarity, but it's only a few small tweaks and you'll have something really fantastic. Ochre's suggestion is spot-on, IMO- Maybe not quite as drastic but that idea. Beautiful painting
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