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Old 03-18-2017, 04:46 AM
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Peggy's Cove quick study

I quickly painted this scene tonight without any under drawing. I want to get some feedback on composition and design before attempting a final version.

I know the lighthouse is leaning to the right, and the sky is overworked. Any other suggestions on How I could improve the composition?
Is the lighthouse large enough?
Should I add some figures? Sailboat in the water? Birds in the sky?
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

I like the sense of shadow in the foreground rocks. The thing that strikes me is the alignment of the horizon of the sea with the tops of the rocks by the lighthouse. If you could lower that a little it would work better.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:22 AM
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

i'd skip the road and rocks....enlarge the lighthouse and put a few sailboats to the right of the lighthouse...I like the sky!
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

I agree with blue.
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

I love the rocks, that's what makes it so fun, as if you're about to drive around the edge....
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

Thanks Colin, excellent point. I will lower the horizon line.

Bluefish & LavenderI think that would be a great concept for another painting.

Karen, thank you for defending the rocks!
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:27 PM
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

Lowered the horizon line and got photo with better light.
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

What if you flattened the road and had more bold rocks like a cliff closer to the foreground?
More of an ellipse shape for the road?
maybe these images of curved roads will help?
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...w=1360&bih=627

Maybe some deeper darker tones in the edges of the boulders, to define them more - if you compare some images of rocks/boulders they usually do have very dark shadows away from the light source. not straight black , but a deep mix of blue, purple, brown..
If that is bright sunlight on the lighthouse , then rocks,road etc will have some highlight & shadows to match it..
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Old 03-19-2017, 01:15 AM
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

Some really helpful ideas. Thanks TJ!
I agree, the slope of the curve does seem too steep, and a sharper cliff edge would allow more of the ocean to show.
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Re: Peggy's Cove quick study

The colors and light in this are really wonderful...agree with other observations.
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What a difference. Good changes. I'm happy to see the color shift between the rocks and the road. Before the asphalt had the same tones as the rocks
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