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Old 08-21-2012, 12:17 PM
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#33 Zion - Watchman Glow

16x20 This began as a smaller study in clouds and somehow morphed into this! It seems a bit hard edged, but those rocks just don't want to be fuzzy. Am gearing up for another trip to the Zion Plein Air event in November, I guess. You should consider going - it will be fantastic, I'm sure.
http://www.zionpark.org/ArtInvitatio...f%20Events.php
Aside from the Peter Nesbit workshop, all the demonstrations and lectures will be free this year.
So - What works? What doesn't? Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:31 PM
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Linda... This is really really nice! Wish my studies would morph into nice large paintings suitable for framing.

The only thing that kinda bothers me.. and its not a biggy at all. But the tree on the left seem a bit to tall and competes with your focal point.

Good Job Gal!!
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Linda, that sky is stunning! How cool is it that it started out as a cloud study and it became this wonderful painting? I love it! Personally, I think the hardness of the distant rock formation gives the piece strength. There is, after all, nothing soft about rock.

I do agree with Catherine about the tree on the left, but aside from that, this is a wonderful. Great work!
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Thanks, Catherine! You may be right about the tree - I was thinking that the problem w it is that most of that tall part will disappear under a frame and was considering adding to it. But maybe I should make it smaller. Will have to think on this. My only excuse for its existence like that is that "it was like that in the reference."
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Wow, this is really beautiful. I love the rocks & the color palette. My only nit pic is you might mute the blue of the stream a little. Well done.

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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Wonderful piece, Linda! Red rock country is just such a wonderful subject, and you've done it proud here. I understand your comment on the rocks. I try to soften some of those edges when I do pieces, but it is hard to do because they stand out so much when seen in normal light.
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Linda, wonderful painting. The red rocks are so pretty against the sky and other colors in the landscape. I agree with Catherine on the tree.
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Thanks everyone - I always appreciate your comments! When you like a piece I consider it high praise!
I really don't know what to do w that tree; when I block it w my hand, the piece seems to lose balance, both in composition and warm/cool color balance. I'm going to let it dry and then play w it. Tanja, IRL the river isn't quite such an electric blue; the photo bumped up the chroma and makes everything a bit neon.
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Excellent! I like the hard edges of the rocky hills. Great colors. Perhaps a hillside sloping down toward river in place of tree, just not as high. Might help to keep everything balanced.
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

I don't even have the words to describe how beautiful this is.
The colors took my breath away. The painting has such a soft, comforting feeling, yet it captures the rugged feel of the mountains as well....I can't emagine how you did that.
This is the first work of yours that I have seen......wow, I am going to learn a lot from you!
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

Well shucks, Ron, if you like this then I guess my life is purtinear complete!
Sandra, you obviously haven't been hanging around here much! My work veers from ditch to ditch and I really never know what's going to fall from my brush! The day I did this the muse had returned from several weeks of absence. I think she was down on the Strip carousing w the tourists! There are some fantastic artists lurking around this forum - join us and you'll learn a lot. I know I have. And thanks, btw. Your words mean a lot!
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Re: #33 Zion - Watchman Glow

I'm commenting before I look at the other comments. First of all, this is fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing. For future works, I would leave the orange/brown off the distant peaks/mesa. I would cool the trees on the far side of the bank into the distance to push them back. But this one is super as is. I love it!!!
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