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on: December 23, 2017, 01:50:11 PM

My apologies for being off the grid for so long! We were in Puerto Vallarta for 2 weeks, than in Charleston for a week, back in Sac for a few days than headed to Carmel for my birthday for 4 days. Additionally, my mom's illness has taken a turn for the worse and some other family issues have arisen. Long story short, painting and PB has had to take a position on the back burner. But I have 2 commissions pending, so picked up the brush again to see if I can still do it! A client, who purchased one of my Tuscan paintings at the PBS TV auction, took 2 photos while watching his favorite movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. He's asked me to paint them. The first is this one of flowers on the hillside. Landscapes have never been my strong suit, so I've done what I can and am hoping some of you can give me some guidance. Sure wish he just wanted me to paint a bottle of Italian wine instead!  Really appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much!
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Sharon


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Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 04:42:42 PM
First thing is to recede the mountains, get them to push back a bit and gain some depth. The field needs more shadow colour as per the ref. photo. The flowers in the foreground need to be brightened up a bit. A bit brighter red perhaps with some lighter highlights. Check your shading on the buildings and trees.

It sounds a lot, but just minor touches really, slow down, take a breath, and have a good look at the reference. It really isn't that far off.  O0

 :cheering: :guns: :cheering:     Sorry about the machine guns...cursor slipped when the boat rocked.   :boat:        :2funny:
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Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 06:39:29 PM
Sharon,

Looking good so far.  Val gave good advice.  Your sky is super - wispy clouds are great.

Hau`oli La Hanau!!!  Celebrate in style.

aloha

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Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 10:59:08 AM

Thanks Val and Mea. I’ve incorporated your great suggestions, Val. It does look better but I’m still not happy with it. Remind me to never accept any more landscape requests again!!

Anything else I should do? Or should I just scrap it?
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Reply #4 on: December 26, 2017, 02:47:20 PM
Nice work, Sharon! (Boy, I'm sure glad I don't do commissions!) Val mentioned all the things I would have said, too, and I think your re-do is really getting closer.The flowers in the foreground of the painting, say the front 1/3 or so, should be more delineated and could be even brighter. I think if I were doing this, I would take a damp tissue or a damp brush and lift paint to create the base for the individual flowers. When completely dry I'd repaint those flowers using a really, really bright orange/red and leaving some of those lifted areas alone to indicate the sunlit parts of those flowers.
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Reply #5 on: December 26, 2017, 05:20:09 PM
Sharon,

It's unfortunate that the reference photo was not a good challenge for your talent.  What's that quotation about making " a silken purse from a sou's ear?"  You did the best you could with what you were given to work from.

If your client liked the reference photo, he will like the painting. 

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Reply #6 on: December 26, 2017, 09:42:10 PM
Hi, Sharon!

Great job, so far. I wish, when I look at your work, that there was more excitement in the scene, like there is in the photo. This comes with contrast -  exaggerated darks and lights. Look at the photo and notice how dark the buildings are against the bright sky in the background? See the bit of bright light shining on the lawn in front of the building? Why don't you trust yourself to paint that? The eyes and the imagination of the viewer need to be trusted, too.

To match the values, use a square of paper with a hole-punch sized hole in it. Look at the photo, then the same spot on your painting - keep working until they match. Right now, your values are pretty much the same all over, this gives it an unfinished, unsatisfying feel. When you get the dark areas on the hills matched, you will see the shadows of the clouds and the bright areas of sunshine appear. In this case, the mid-ground is darker than the foreground. The far mountains are a blueish purple, sort of indistinct and faded white in the mist, not sharp and green.

This painting is a challenge, but I know you can do it.
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Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 01:00:36 AM
I have to agree with Alice here. Slow down, take your time. The scene doesn't matter, whether it's a landscape, a portrait, or somebody's smorgasbord! It's all just blocks and splashes of colour, and you are so good with blocks and splashes of colour.
You can do this Sharon.  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
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Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 03:15:35 AM
I also just wondered whether your photo does justice to your work, added to the other tips everyone has given, Sharon.
You have the talent to do it!  :painting:
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Reply #9 on: December 27, 2017, 09:21:11 AM
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom not being well and family issues keeping you from painting.  I pray that everything will soon be back to normal for you and most importantly, that your Mom improves.


You are such a good artist and with the few excellent tweaks mentioned, you will soon have the painting looking like you would like it to be.  While I loathe giving critiques, my humble observation was that the greenery in the foreground is a bit overdone and the green should be lighter. As suggested, the flowers should be a much brighter red which will make all the difference.


Sharon, just try and relax your mind, for as I said, you are a fantastic artist and you have done much more complicated paintings in the past, so you can do this one too. You are more than capable of pulling this one off.


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Reply #10 on: December 27, 2017, 05:25:35 PM
Thank you everyone for the great suggestions and support. My mom ended up in the emergency again today - 5 hours after getting a spider bite on her foot. She just can't catch a break! So tomorrow I hope to take all of your ideas, and some patience, to work towards making this painting look better.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you voicing your ideas and being there in troubling times. I think my confidence as an artist has diminished from lack of painting this past month...with your encouragement I know it will be back to where it was before.

XOXO
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Sharon


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Reply #11 on: December 28, 2017, 07:37:52 AM
 :eek:   Blimey! Spider bites are nothing to mess with, even the household types. After my experience just a couple of years back I have great respect for those little blighters! Sorry to say I'm not as friendly towards them....  :knuppel2:   I sincerely hope your mum is ok and doing better. Do hope everything settles down soon.

As for your painting, you never really lose it. It's just getting the brain, eye, hand thing tuned up again. When you do I know you will be better than ever. You know you can trust me on that.... don't you?  ^-^      O0     ;D
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Reply #12 on: December 28, 2017, 02:39:47 PM
Sharon, I am so very sorry your mom has had another unfortunate medical issue. I know (as does Val!) that spider bites can be awful. Sure hope she's better soon.

Like you, I've also had some long non-painting periods this past year. I found I had a few "oops" paintings while I got myself back up to par. But this one of yours is most certainly worth continuing with some of the good tips you've received. I have confidence in you.
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Reply #13 on: December 28, 2017, 04:22:40 PM
 :thankyou: Val and Susan. My mom is responding to the antibiotics, so that's good. Now she just has to gear up for the cataract surgery in 2 weeks...and then prep to start the home dialysis for her kidney disease. One step at a time...

And I've already been working on the edits to this painting - hope to post tomorrow! Feeling better - and heck, if it doesn't turn out well I'll just sketch out another one and try it again. I'm not giving up!
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Reply #14 on: December 28, 2017, 06:50:28 PM
Sharon, so sorry to hear about your Mum. It is a lot to go through and adjust to in such a short period of time.  Stay strong, and let your art help you.
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