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Old 06-14-2012, 04:35 PM
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#27 and need advice again

Soo much for the fast part of my No Fear pact - I've been diddling w this one for days!
I will, after I get the lake right, add Toby - check the ref below. This is Salt Lake and they get unbelievably gaudy sunsets there. I was going for something a little more subtle and totally missed the exit on that one. I think the main problem was the first thing I did on this - the rather bright ground I used - yellow under the sky and water. It worked, but not in the way I wanted and added a glowing brightness to it which I find hard to tame.

So my questions to you -
- Should I continue to soften, lower the chroma of the reflections on the lake?
- I used a reddish color to add dimension to the foreground, which in the ref was a monolithic dark. Should I lighten it? Add more color to the fg?
- Should Toby be a simple silhouette (sp?) or should I add a backlit aura to him?

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Old 06-14-2012, 05:14 PM
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Re: #27 and need advice again

Linda, this is really lovely. I think you improved lots on the photo reference.
I'm not sure you need to tone anything down, really.. It's beautiful.

I do think a slightly backlit hint to the figure would bring him better into the painting....

way to go!!!
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Re: #27 and need advice again

Hi Linda... So is that antelope island in the back?

This is really good I think.. Is your photo a little dark? because I can't quite make out the foreground colors.. I'd probaly warm up the fg a little
and also use some brushstrokes in the fg.. to push the Background farther back.. just my opinion.. I'm a fan of heavier brushwork up front and softer in the back.. helps to create the dimensional effect I think..
then again.. I might be totally wrong LOL!

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Re: #27 and need advice again

This is off to a wonderful start, Linda! I'm no expert on painting, but when I compare your painting with the reference image, the ref has more of a green tint. I really love your painting though, and I don't think you should change much with the color, as it's quite a beautiful piece! Looking forward to the finish.
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I really like this! YOur painting is sooo much better than photo. I think maybe the brightest part of reflection in water is off to the right from the sun. It should be directly under it. But you did so good on reflection, Im not sure its worth messing with it.
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Re: #27 and need advice again

Hi all, and thanks for checking in!
Getting ready to add Toby - will take your advice, Deb, and leave the reflections as is, and add a bit of back-lit light to Toby. Woody, I'm not sure if this is Antelope Island or not - would have to ask the photographer, Toby's dad. The shot of the painting is actually pretty true - the fg is mudflats, so it's dark - there is a bit more texture there than the photo shows, tho. Jenna, you're right about the greenish tint but when you isolate the color of the sky next to a neutral gray it's actually almost brown!
Ah Ron - was hoping no one would notice the wonky placement of that reflection! How do I do things like that?? Not sure if I'll mess w it or not, as I cleaned my palette last night and all those paints are history.
Let's see, clean house or paint. Clean house or paint.....
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Hey there Linda.. I like it.. If I were you I would paint.. ;-) Cause I wanna see the finish!!
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Re: #27 and need advice again

Catherine, I'm sure you will be hugely disappointed to learn I actually cleaned the house. So tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.
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Re: #27 and need advice again

This is really close to done - still trying to get Toby's hair right, but it may never happen so I'll send this up now. The backlighting on him is actually quite a bit warmer irl.



Hope you like it, and I hope his grandmother does too! Oh, and I should credit his father, Johnny Adolphson, for the photo. You may see more of his work from me if I can ever get the piece I'm doing for the June Landscape challenge off my easel...
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Re: #27 and need advice again

Oh, this is a wonderful painting, Linda! It has such a nice feel to it. Great work with Toby. Excellent work!
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Re: #27 and need advice again

my first (recognizable) human in a painting! Thanks, jenna!
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