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Old 01-18-2009, 02:11 PM
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Just about done, except for some nitpiks from you all. Today is a dark, dreary day and not easy to photograph this - there is more pink in the clouds and the water, but none of the red tones are showing up true. The white ripples in the reflections are not that bright - just my flash making them so. If we get a better day this week, I'll take a photo outside.

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Old 01-18-2009, 03:23 PM
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Re: Reverie - WIP

I realy like the colours, there are a couple things I "see" that are a bit flat. These of course may be the photo, but... the left land mass Id like to see a bit more variation of contrasts, to me (in my humble opinion) seems flat. the right land mass waterline, id like to see a bit more variation to break up the "line." also since you have water highlights across the surface, maybe a slight more horizontal water distortion of the trees reflection may realy sell the water. the distant horizon seems a bit dark and unbroken. all in all my eye seems to wander around a bit looking for somthing to lock in on, maybe a couple highlights to pull me more towards the sun....

Over all this is a great piece and absolutly LOVE the colours, the things I commented on are by no way distractions from this piece, they are the first inital impressions I got when viewing for the first time. Cant wait to see your final solution, great painting....
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Fascinating process Kat, love it. Just a few observations, but don't take them too seriously as I am not really a landscape painter. Indeed the land on the left seems a bit flat, but what catches my eyes most are the blue lines on the left between the bushes and the water. The depth is amazing, that is what I find most fascinating in a landscape painting. Maybe the water near the horizon again on the left should be greyed down a bit to get the depth at that side as well. Just some thoughts. Love the overall effect and the colours of it. Great.
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Richard and Marina - thanks for looking and commenting.

Indeed, that area on the left has bothered me - the value seems a bit dark and I tried to vary it a bit, but it doesn't show in the photo. It does need some work.

Good catch on the horizon line being too dark - that's an easy fix. But the fact that both of you are not seeing a solid focal point is troubling, so I'll have to go back to the drawing board and see what I can cook up. I thought the light in the trees on the right strong enough, but maybe not.
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Re: Reverie - WIP

I kind of like the left side like it is, Kat. If it's not meant to be the focal point should there be much detail or clarity of form there? Since it's a land mass in the shade I wouldn't expect to see much there. My eyes go right to the highlights on the trees - if you must tweak perhaps just a few tiny spots of brightness?

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Old 01-19-2009, 08:06 AM
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Donna - in a way I agree with your assessment too. No details to distract from the focal point of the trees, but it is also to dark in value and that dark is distracting.

Stay tuned y'all.
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Kat, you know I like it a lot! The trees on the right-hand side are still drawing my eye as the focal area, including the reflections. Personally, I think the dark corner on the left is working, because it's simple enough to let the painting spread out beyond it. Just MHO, of course. It isn't realism, after all!

One trend to look out for is the highlights in the water that from top to bottom seem to be at too-equal intervals. A quick fix once you see it.

You're almost there. Less is more, but a little more is needed. Don't rush but keep going...!

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Re: Reverie - WIP

Kat this is so cool to watch you go through the steps i love the colors you choose. The `1/3 rule that i read about works here for hues. I wish that we could see a progression all together when your done it would be very interesting to see.
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Re: Reverie - WIP

Deb - thanks for the "push" - I need that at this point in the painting. I'm really tired of looking at it!

Betsy - I could do a progression for you once it's done.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:43 AM
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Re: Reverie - WIP

I finally finished on this one. I incorporated some of the suggestions while keeping my own vision intact. The blue lines in the water are not that light - my camera kept picking them up even though I did darken them in the painting. It's not quite as saturated as you see it on WC.

Thanks for following this thread - I shall post a progression a bit later.

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Lovely finish, Kat.

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Re: Reverie - WIP

WOW... bet this is stunning in person! I really love those two trees leaning out of the left bank... they seem to have personality!
Nice job on the progression of this painting. Your patience and hard work has paid off! I ususally get frustrated and end up ruining a painting when I keep changing it.

beautiful!
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Re: Reverie - WIP

You sure did finish this beautifully, Kat. I guess when you have a vision you are obligated to see it through to the end. I really like what you did with that left bank. You kept the value mostly the same but added some interest with a variety of dark colors. I need to remember to do that in dark areas. So, what kind of frame does this beauty get?

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Re: Reverie - WIP

Good finish, Kat!

Hey, let us see the painting on the easel, if you can get a shot at some point. I bet that will show us things we can't see any other way, like the scale and the the light in it. Just an idea...

I'm glad you kept after this one! It's definitely a winner, and it shows your signature style. There, now you know you have a style all your own: bold color, strong simplified elements, good value contrast, and a touch that is painterly.

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This is more than a progression, it's the evolution of Reverie!
Good think you did not give up!
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