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Old 05-10-2003, 04:34 PM
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Oast House Farm

I originally posting this W/C on the Open Critique Forum and someone suggested I re show it on this forum.

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Old 05-10-2003, 04:38 PM
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Woops!! I thought I had successfully uploaded the pic , I will try again
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lovely. i especially like the way you did the sky.

however, i am confused by the white things comming out of the chimnies (?).

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This is a lovely scene, David.

I think it lacks a certain "punch". Perhaps the building shadows could be darker and some shadows from the oast houses showing on the roof of the barn. I also think the foreground could be given more impact - brighter grass etc. This will help push the buildings into the middle ground.

The sky and the distant hills are great.

By the way oast houses are a feature of the Kent countryside. Oast houses were constructed with ventilators on top of the for drying hops used in beer making.

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This is really good David, you have used good contol of the medium. Your washes are superb!

I do agree with Doug that by adding some darker contrasting areas your painting will come to life even more.

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David, your sky is lovely!

On everything else, I agree with Doug's assesment.

Welcome to the watercolor forum. Hope to see more of your paintings on here.
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Like Bethany, I'm having a little trouble with the smoke (?) coming from the chimnies... Can you soften it a little? You sky is fabulous and your hills a lovely. Add some value variation and you've got a real winner!!!
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Like Bethany, I'm having a little trouble with the smoke (?) coming from the chimnies... Can you soften it a little? You sky is fabulous and your hills a lovely. Add some value variation and you've got a real winner!!!

The "smoke" is a white painted cone shaped wooden ventilator with a vane that turns in the wind causing a draught inside the oast house for drying the hops.

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Doug, thanks for the explanation, I was puzzled by that too. Looks like a beautiful country side.
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What a beautiful sky! I too was confused by the "white things". I'm glad Doug clarified that for us city folks. Nice painting.

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Very nice work Dave. The sky is quite dramatic.As one who is trying to learn to add some impact to my work I agree with the others that a little more foreground darks and tonal contrast will bring this to an even higher level.
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Welcome Plotnine.

Very good attempt at watercolor landscape.

Love the Sky. very dramatic.

Just a few things I think it needs.

Soften the outline of the distant mountains.

Not to sure what the green is on the left, it looks like a closer mountain scene to me. if it is soften the outline of it as well.

The distant trees I think need more shadows in places.
as well as the trees on the foreground & behind the buildings, being careful not to loose any of the light spaces between the leaves.
Maybe add some darker tones in the foreground on the ground nearer the bottom of painting.

I think if you did this it will add more depth to the painting.

Now I am a beginner, so don't take me to seriously.
I suffer from the above mentioned as well.

I learn these tips from other landscape painting I had posted on the forum here. & from my art teacher.
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Old 05-13-2003, 02:02 PM
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Thanks for all the comments, I am glad my PR from "UP NORTH" (Doug from Yorkshire) explained about oast houses in my absence.

I agree that the painting could perhaps do with a bit more "UMPH" but I am loath to tinker with it now, perhaps in a few weeks I will have another go and post it for comments.

I always find that pic's posted on the internet lack some colour and sharpness of the original.

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