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Old 03-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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Pines in the Vogesen

It is a revised oil painting, size 50x70 cm. In the foreground on the meadow is a pine which is bent by the wind. Its curious/odd shape was the motive to paint it. In the background you can see the highest mountain in the Vogesen/Vosges (Großer Belchen). Problem was to get the colors right (esp. of the woods) and to make the branches more gnarled (instead of linear).

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Old 03-22-2012, 02:54 AM
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Re: Pines in the Vogesen

Thomas, I like this painting and the colours you've used. I do find the way the tree goes off the left hand side distracting as it takes my eye directly out of the painting. Only my opinion of course, but I would have loved to see the tree moved over to the right and framing the mountain.

I just looked at your Etsy store, you have a lovely body of work there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: Pines in the Vogesen

Marion, thanks for your comment, much appreciated. Yes, the tree is against direction of reading and it is difficult to change/improve the painting.
Maybe you start at the left edge of the canvas, follow the branches to the trunk and then follow the single branch at the right side of the trunk which points to the mountain. This idea can be too constructed and might not be convincing enough, maybe I should make this single branch more striking.
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