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Old 02-20-2012, 05:54 PM
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View from a castle to the Mediterranean

In the foreground are the ruins of a medieval castle/castello, in the background are the mediterranean coast and the Pyrenees.
Reference was a watercolor sketch, painted in oil on canvas, size 40x60 cm.
Please critisize when you find something wrong.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:33 PM
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Re: View from a castle to the Mediterranean

wonderful soft palette...beautiful piece!
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Re: View from a castle to the Mediterranean

Very nice image and composition, Thomas. The values from back to front are very close, which gives it a very soft look, but it also flattens the painting. If you increase your values in the foreground, the painting would have more depth. Its all about what you are trying to portray.
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Re: View from a castle to the Mediterranean

Hi Thomas, I like the view! I think having brushstroke variety will help the piece, and what I mean is that a lot of the painting has the same size strokes in it, maybe all from the same brush? Blending the background shapes and strengthening the light and shadow planes will make everything seem more grand. Just my thoughts
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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Re: View from a castle to the Mediterranean

Thanks for your replies, I will think about them!
The flat foreground has the same value as the background, because the sun is near the zenith, so the horizontal ground in the foreground is sunlit and very light.
The vertical items (ruins, walls, bushes) in the foreground are in comparison darker.
Maybe I should create more gradation.
The painting is done with brushes of similar size.
I think, you mean that there could be more structure in the foreground.
Certain vertical planes could be darker.
Thanks for help!
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