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Old 03-13-2017, 08:46 PM
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great-grandparents farm

This was a test of sorts to see how much I have improved since I started. My reference photo was one that my uncle took of my great grandparent's farm in Idaho. Sorry for the bad photo...


My first attempt was this one completed towards the end of 2015...



This last one I just completed today!! I'm pretty happy with it and the progress that I have made. I still don't like the sky (I'm still trying different techniques with clouds and finding one that works for me) Critiques are always welcome.

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Re: great-grandparents farm

Hi, I think you did a nice job... maybe you should try to match the colors to get the exact photo feel, that is to use only sepia, sienna, raw umber gray and white..
Make a drawing first and do not add paint until it looks like an end drawing, I mean when it reflects exactly in tones what the farm is. Use your photo in black and white to see the correct tones. Emphasize the lines correctly... I mean the horizon and the road, not as a contour line but as a shape with tones. Pint shapes and colors as they look locally, when you see the overall picture, your exact image will appear.
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Much improvement in colour choices and textures.
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Re: great-grandparents farm

I like them both!
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Re: great-grandparents farm

Your photo is an excellent one to use for this. Love your last efforts but do like them both, too.
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You've come a long way since the beginning. You must be pleased.
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Re: great-grandparents farm

Seems like you're finding your style. I really like the looseness of the first one, but I like more abstract stuff, so if that's not what you are going for, sorry.
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Your progress in the second is obvious. The second really holds itself together as a unity. Keep going, you are improving on all fronts.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:19 AM
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Re: great-grandparents farm

I agree with Colin; good progress. I might mention that with that much cloud cover there is very little colour left in the sky (which you can see in the old photo). You might go to a lighter sky colour which would blend in with the clouds easier and it would blend rather than have sharp edges. That way it suggests clouds rather than defining them.
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