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Old 01-01-2008, 09:56 AM
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January Landscape Challenge

December and previous challenges: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460772

Welcome to the Landscape Forum challenge for January, 2008. It is open to all media. The person hosting provides three landscape photos - feel free to crop the images, change colours or seasons, and interpret the scene in your own unique way. Try one image or all three. Just have fun! Post your art here in this thread, and please remember to comment on others' works. I'm providing larger versions in the Reference Image Library to aid in cropping.

Here's the first, Orton Plantation Garden near Wilmington, North Carolina.


Larger version here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=82606&cat=500&size=big&ppuser= 72737

The second photo is from our neighbour's farm in Eastern Ontario in late afternoon last winter:


Larger version here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=82604&cat=500&size=big&ppuser= 72737


And, finally, a Vancouver Island lighthouse.



Larger version here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=82616&cat=500&size=big&ppuser= 72737

Enjoy. Jane
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Great photos. Hopefully, I will get at least a couple of them done this month.
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Miki, thanks. I'll be watching for your paintings. Jane
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All 3 are lovely, Jane, and I've even been to the NC one having lived near there. Will start one of them this week for sure. Thanks!
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They are beautiful images, Jane! Thanks for hosting.
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Kay and Wendy, thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing your work. I generally have avoided painting landscapes containing buildings, so this will be a big challenge for me. I'm going to wait to see some examples before trying myself. Jane
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Wow, beautiful pictures Jane! Very difficult but also very motivating. I can't wait to get stuck in.

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Glad you'll be joining in. It is true these are more difficult, but I was looking through my photos for colour and depth of field, and these are what I found. Jane
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Here is my interpretation of the farm in winter. It was really fun to paint snow. I hope you like it. Comments welcome.

Winter on the Farm 7 x 11 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
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Miki, this is terrific. You sure captured the snow well - have you ever lived in a location with snow in the winter? I love your depiction of the late afternoon sun, it's very convincing. (I tried to paint this scene in oils a year ago and failed miserably.) What a great start to the January challenge. Jane
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Lovely snow scene, Miki! Especially the way you've captured the cool winter light, and the colouring and shadowing on the snow.

I've done a version of the lighthouse already (joining Miki in the 'couldn't wait' club). Pastels on watercolour paper (underpainted in an orangey colour).

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Sandy, I think you caught the essence of the scene very well. I wonder if you can make the lighthouse a bit whiter on the sunny side, and maybe add a little yellow-green to the sunlit edges of the background trees? That would beef up the sense of sunshine, which you have captured very well on the red building. Jane
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Yes, I agree the snow scene is very pleasant. But I wondered about the green--here in the midwest, green is gone when the snow is out. Did you intend this be a spring snow?
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Lovely snow scene, Miki! Especially the way you've captured the cool winter light, and the colouring and shadowing on the snow.

I've done a version of the lighthouse already (joining Miki in the 'couldn't wait' club). Pastels on watercolour paper (underpainted in an orangey colour).

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Sandy, I am new to this so I am not sure I am posting a reply to you correctly. Also I have no idea how to submit something when I get ready to d0--but for now I am not ready. You are so ambitious! I liked the lighthouse --It is so warm and we are having freezing weather here in the midwest.
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Jane. Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you liked it. I haven't ever lived where there was a lot of snow. Some day I might get to see a scene like this IRL.
Sandy. Thank you. I agree with Jane about the lights. I also noticed that the far bank appears darker than the near on where the lighthouse sits. You might achieve a greater sense of depth if you lighten up the far bank.
MTillie. Thanks for your question. I put the green trees in because that is what I saw when I printed the photo out. I live in Hawaii and forget that trees aren't green all year round in some places. I also like the play of the green against the red. Maybe it is meant to be a late spring snow.
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