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Old 01-12-2019, 12:40 PM
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Re: Mission San Xavier del Bac - input requested

I think this painting is fantastically done. Your color is well-balanced, and everything is well-rendered. I'd be proud of doing such a good job.

I don't think there's anything wrong with doing another take on the same subject. Maybe try something more along the impressionist line, using short strokes of color, using complements to make things vibrate.

A tip I've found useful is to not only use complements in areas of shadow, but to pay attention to the temperature of your colors as well. Warmer highlights should be contrasted with cooler shadows and vice-versa. When I've remembered to pay attention to this, it's worked quite well.

One thing that might be making you feel "blah" about this painting - and I want to stress that I think it's great, definitely a few notches above what I'm capable of turning out - is the composition overall. I agree with ColinS in that if you approach the subject again, try for another angle or a way to break up the lines formed by your color masses on the canvas. A different angle will introduce diagonals and dynamism to the picture.

Really great stuff, thanks for sharing this!
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Re: Mission San Xavier del Bac - input requested

Oops your response was posted while I was writing mine...sorry if I sound like I'm reiterating advice you've already taken!
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Re: Mission San Xavier del Bac - input requested

Thank you, sykirobme. The more I look at my painting, the more I see how a different angle would have been better! I need to stop looking at it! Aaaagghhh!
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