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Old 12-05-2019, 05:42 PM
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Facing the Matterhorn

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Title: Facing the Matterho<br>
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Medium: Oil
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Dimension: 50 x 40 cms
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One year, many moons ago, my wife, Diane, travelled to Zermatt, Switzerland, on a school skiing trip. She still tells me that she could see the Matterho<br> from her bedroom window, so I decided to give her this view as a Christmas present.


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I'm interested in all points of critique but particularly how the scale and detail are affecting the viewers' perception of the scene. Are the walkers pulling their weight?
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:44 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Sorry about that. The pic was too big. Here's the painting.

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Old 12-05-2019, 09:54 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Nice! I loved the footprints on the snow. They draw you in and up to the mountain.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:58 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Thank you very much, Shenko, for the kind comments. I really did want those footprints to draw the viewer in and up as the eye followed the path's direction. Great that you mentioned it.

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Old 12-07-2019, 09:55 AM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Here's a revised version. I further developed the mountain details, especially colour and form.

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Old 12-07-2019, 04:13 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Wonderful painting and idea for a gift beemax.
it is simple and stark, straight to the point. And the two hikers give a pathway in to the solitude, while leaving an open question just how vast the scales of distance are.

it might just be the lighting when you took the photo, but the second one is much bluer. Like right at the edge of being too blue, but still works. The first one looks like there is more sunshine or light in general as a result. The mountain shadow, of course, more room to play with, but the close flat area, if you catch a rare moment up there with such a clear sky, is usually painfully white, which the first captures better in my opinion.
The added form is a nice improvement. Careful not to overwork it now!
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:58 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Thank you very much, Sevan for the great comments. Much appreciated.

It's the photo, I'm afraid, and yes I took the pic at a different time of day. I actually added a little more white to the right hand side of the painting but it doesn't show. I've taken another photo and will post it soon, after I've replied to your critique. Excellent points btw.

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Old 12-07-2019, 05:00 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Same painting different photo, hopefully showing the brighter side. See if this is any better, Sevan.


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Old 12-07-2019, 05:30 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Excellent. That's it.
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:55 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

I really like snow scenes; they are a challenge aren't they. You got the shadows and values right. The painting has some mystery and adventure in it. I always feel that the mark of a great realistic painting is on in which I want to either be in or could see myself in.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:34 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Thanks, Sevan! Appreciated, as always.

Thank you very much, Cindy, for dropping in to look at this one. Appreciated. Yes, snow scenes are thornier than you might imagine, especially when the one colour that never sees the canvas... is white!

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Old 12-12-2019, 02:10 PM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

I really love this one and so will your wife. I can feel the chill of the snow and imagine the journey.
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Old 12-14-2019, 04:52 AM
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Thank you very much, Yaya, for the warm comments. Appreciated.

Yes, that would be SOME climb. At 14, 692 feet its one of Europe's highest peaks, and although I would love to climb to the summit it has a dangerous reputation, with several people losing their lives every year. It IS passable, though. Twenty years ago maybe. *smile*

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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

To be honest, the original is spectacular. The footsteps in the snow deliver a sense of exploration and journey. The shadows are proper, and I feel the emotion of the traveler. This painting is well done but feel free to take other poster's comments as you wish.
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Re: Facing the Matterhorn

Wonderful painting! Like everyone else, I like the footprints leading us in; they are nicely rendered. The blue in the snow on the left side of the mountain convincingly portrays the cool of the shadow side. I wonder if a few notes of very pale pink or yellow on the right side would help convey the light bouncing on the sunny side. Just a thought. It's really wonderful as is.
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