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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Jay, this looks really nice! As far as luminosity is concerned - first let me say that I'm not sure that I have ever have successfully achieved it! I think that the key to creating luminosity is that the colors of similar value (and they can be similar in hue, too) are intermingled or sort of glazed into or over one another. I agree with Donna in that the color of the paper actually helps in this regard and that is probably because the areas of sky and water are light enough in value that the white of the paper is close enough! It's hard to tell, of course, without seeing the original and just seeing a small photo, but it looks like to me that there is some intermingling of color throughout the sky with some of the yellows glazed over the blue (or vice versa) as well as salmon and blue lower in the sky. So, yes, I think there is some nice luminosity happening!

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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Don what a great topic this month!
And a very interesting lesson too.
I don't know if I will have enough time to join, but it is really a challenge.

Jay, what a wonderful painting you posted.
It has a beautiful calm atmosphere and the darkening of the left corner added a lot.

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Thank you for answering Don. It sure is a beautiful way to paint. Iíve been fixated on Lori Signori. Beautiful. Thank you for pointing her out again.

Esther. Thank you. You already achieved the illumination around those star children, no? I hope you can find time.
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Jay, it's lovely. I wouldn't mess with it any more. I don't like white speckles on some paintings but on this they'd vanish into the sky and the water and the little spaces between branches on trees. Really not a problem at all. They become little accents. Good luminosity, the shifting hues in the sky are very effective for that.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Unexpectedly I got a free afternoon, and used it of course for painting.
So here is my contribution to this month, "Riding in snow"
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Sorry I dropped off again. Jay, the horse will likely not be finished. Self critique won't really help anyone because it's all about drawing and planning issues! I may try and do something from my own reference if that's OK. At the mo I'm helping Hubby paint the kitchen so I can't go to the studio
Esther, I recognise that horse! You have drawn horse and rider well. I love the colours in the snow!
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Esther. Your house and rider are great! They look so peaceful and secure on their ride. Very nice light reflection on the riderís back and the horseís hind quarters. Makes it so lifelike.

Ruthie. Happy kitchen painting. I hope you get to join us.

I did one yesterday. Floundering a bit but Iíll get there. The elusive illumination. Mine has the lights off!!
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Esther, The horse and rider are very well done! Nice painting!

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Thank you, Robert. I missed that earlier.

Latest attempt. reference was from image library. But a far FAR departure from the image. Thank you Stardreamer.

This is on Uart 240. I thought it would be rougher. interesting. 9 x 12. a lot of Art Spectrum soft white colors, a few Unison and a few Great American.

All comments welcome. (My chief critic, my husband, doesn't like vague...so chalk that up as one "no" vote.) I'll stop picking for now. Does it work?
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Hi everyone,
Thanks Don for a great lesson, I understand the idea but I don't know how well I did trying to achieve it.
My ref is from a previous spotlight that I never got a chance to paint so I thought I'd give it a go
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Jay, I think you have achieved some very nice luminosity on this one! As for vague...well, I wouldn't mind seeing something a bit more defined as a focal point or area, but since the Spotlight is on luminosity, you have definitely succeeded there!

Deanna, Also some very nice luminosity in your painting! The water, especially, with its combination of light colors really shines!

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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Deanna, It sparkles It glows! You did it so nicely and great boats too.

Thanks Don. I worked on it this morning for a bit and photographed in better light. I think I still need something in the breaking wave area . Something is wrong. I have a bunch of photos to study that. If I can get that area, I'll leave it alone. The painting seems to have it's own ideas of what it wants to be.

All comments welcome and most helpful to me. Thank you (I see it better when I'm not looking at the actual painting.)
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Jay, that's beautiful and moody. So atmospheric and misty. Very luminous. Hints at all sorts of things, there could be monsters in the fog or singing mermaids. Or both.

Deanna, the mood in yours is very different. Great luminosity on the water and a sense that it's very still, really still, not even slight ripples. Great boats. The water lays flat well.

Esther, wow. The light effects, especially around the tops of the trees, wow. This is extraordinary. Great luminosity and even the shadows have a mystery about them. Great rendering on horse and rider too. I didn't even want to try that one, because of the horse and rider, but you've done something great here. Gorgeous.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2018 - Luminosity

Everyone has been busy. That's good! You have all met the "Luminosity" criteria for this month.
Esther, you have conveyed the cold temperatures quite nicely. I'm shivering looking at this. But, then, I shiver when temperatures dip below 65. I know, I know, I'm spoiled living where I do.
Jay, the second version comes together with just the small adjustments you've made. Let's let our imagination fill in the rest.
Dea, aside from the luminosity of your color choices, the composition works well.
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Thanks everyone,
Jay, I like your colour choices as Robert says it has a nice mood to it.
Karen, as for the composition, I can't take credit. The photo is Dons I think
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