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Postby Holeson » Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:33 pm

Hi, I'm new here! I just completed this acrylic painting, and I would like to hear what others think about it. Thanks in advance for your replies!

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Postby johnwalkeasy » Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:11 pm

Heather, I like the sky and clouds. The trees and mountains could use more detail. Also the color of the mountains could be a little lighter so the trees could stand out more.
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Postby ehoeveler » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:59 am

Interesting style for the dark clouds and the rest of the sky. The dark
clouds remind me of sketches by Da Vinci. Having said that, I think
you have enough talent to move on from the crooked tree silhouette
against a troubled sky theme. Overused theme and as JW said, not
enough detail in the trees! Keep painting. ehoeveler
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Postby Erika Takacs » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:19 am

Hi Heather,

I actually like the crooked trees. But I think you could make the painting compositionally more interesting. You could join the trees together for example in many different ways, depending on what kind of emotion you want to project. Because it looks as though you wanted an emotional reaction to this. I like the background colours very much.

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Postby Singular » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:20 pm

I agree with John's assessment. It is a nice painting. The background is very soothing and pretty. The colors are pale and light. If you want the background to stand out as it should, it would make a huge difference if the trees were given a greater contrast. Find the dark areas of the trees and make them as dark a
own as you possibly can without them actually being black. Doing that will not only add great detail to the trees, but
ing out the sky and all of its beauty.

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Postby Holeson » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:33 pm

Thanks everyone for your tips! I agree with the level of detail in the trees and hills...I was going for the back-lit effect on those, but I think increasing the detail would help that effect.
I also agree with Erika about the composition...I think that's what has been bothering me the most about this painting. Anyone have any ideas on this issue?
Thanks again!

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Postby Erika Takacs » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:30 pm


The little tree is streching towards the big tree, but the big tree is just standing tall in his own little world. If the little tree was closer, and bending more towards the big tree, it would give the painting a little more movement, I think.

A lot depends on what you want to achieve with this painting.

Happy thinking and show us the end result,

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