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Alan Dixon

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on: January 03, 2012, 09:45:19 AM
Here are my 2 most recent paintings.
The second one (Cabos San Lucas)
Generally happy with this one but any suggestions would be appreciated.

PS I hope the pictures come through on this post. Otherwise they are in my Gallery.
Alan
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Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 10:02:26 AM
nice job. I am no pro but would maybe suggest to soften out the sky in the second one :) In the first I would assume angry waters equals angry sky?

Dennis would be able to give you some nice pointers  ;)
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Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 01:12:24 PM
 :bigwelcome: Hi Alan and welcome to the forum. Your first painting seems to lack life...in that I think it needs some light to give it some spark. Other than a bit of dark for the rocks, it appears very monotone. Perhaps a bit more colour and definately light to punch it up. Need to spotlight/brighten up the focal point.
The second painting is great, bright, nice colour and value. Looks a lot like some of the rocks south of Carriacou. Banner job!  :clap:
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Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 03:22:51 PM
 :welcome: aboard Alan! I see you've got some good feedback critique already. Well done on your first paintings. Are you able to apply any of the advice to the paintings? Are they dry?
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Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 06:14:07 PM
Alan, great movement of water in both. I particularly like your second one. My only suggestion would be to add some different colors and values into the sky. I love the colors you used.


These are your first paintings? Wow, you've done a really good job. I really look forward to your future work if your first paintings look like this.


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Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 05:41:38 AM
Hi Alan,

You want answers?  You get them quickly on Paintbasket!  Keep on  :painting:  I like what you've done.
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Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 12:24:30 PM
 :bigwelcome: to PaintBasket Alan... the right place to be for all your art questions and you can know in your heart that you will find the answers and support here... and the family here are true encouragers.  O0
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Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 05:42:35 PM
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I agree that the angry sea painting was dead so I have re done it with more colour.I guess that an angry sea is not very colourful so While I think my second try is better, I will stay with more colourful scenes in future.
By the way these are not my first paintings. I did about a dozen or so Oils back in the 60's and 70's but then I shifted to carving and woodworking until about a month ago. I really didn't like working with Oils because of the smell and cleanup so I decided to try acrylics. In a way I find it a bit harder to blend colours but that is made up with the ease of the technique.
Thanks again
Alan


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Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 08:03:43 PM
Alan, the sky is fantastic, what an improvement. you have created so much more movement in the sea (not easy to do)

I can almost hear them crashing against the rocks. Aweome job,  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:


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Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 08:14:21 PM
 :clap:  very nice improvement!
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Reply #10 on: January 05, 2012, 08:57:40 AM
I really like the change in your sea scape painting Alan.   That sea looks really wild.

I think Val should stay away from that rough water.   :boat:
 Hmmm, I wonder if she's at that art store yet.   :confused:
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Reply #11 on: January 05, 2012, 11:53:46 AM
Hi Alan. Definitely an improvement with the 1st painting. My only real major criticism is with spill-out on the beach sand. There should not be any foam whipped up in the wind. The major spray should be at the main wave and much less in other areas otherwise you lose the focal point.

I like your 2nd painting where you have used brighter colours although in the first painting it is really a stormy atmosphere. Agree with Maryna. Gradually lighten the sky as it gets nearer the horizon.
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Reply #12 on: January 07, 2012, 04:16:15 AM
 :clap: Great improvement Alan.  Actually looks a lot like the seas we have seen of late.  :boat:

Hi Lillian.. Hope to get around to Fort de France early next week.
Cheers, Val

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