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Reply #15 on: September 28, 2012, 12:50:31 PM
well my wife was sitting next me chatting this morning as I went through the forum posts and when I opened your painting up she said Oh WOW  :heeha:
There you have it Mary.....right from the mouth of the Headmistress!   >:D  It doesn't get much better than that!
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I love the play of the light on the snow in the mountains. The light on the green in the mid-foreground gives it an almost surreal quality. I love this!   :heeha:

Congratulations Mary...it's a painting, and a right fine one too.   O0
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Reply #16 on: September 28, 2012, 01:43:21 PM
Mary i realy like your painting!
If mine turns out half as good i will be happy!
mel

Mel, from what I've seen of your work, it will be twice as good and we're all happy when you share your lovely painting!  Thank you so much!


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Reply #17 on: September 28, 2012, 01:48:26 PM
well my wife was sitting next me chatting this morning as I went through the forum posts and when I opened your painting up she said Oh WOW  :heeha:

I think you are definitely being too hard on yourself Mary, your paintings are of a lot higher quality than you are giving yourself credit for. I personally love this painting and think you have done an awesome job  :congrats:

Thunderstruck?  Dumbfounded?  Something like that is what I felt when I read this...and profoundly emotional...(in a good way).  Nolan, you're right...I'm very hard on myself...maybe what I should start doing is finish a painting and then put it away for a spell and then go back as assess it.  I am so touched by your wife's reaction and your words and please thank her for me.  This was the nicest thing that's happened to me all day.   :flowers: for you and  :flowers: for your wife.  Thank you.


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Reply #18 on: September 28, 2012, 01:50:39 PM
well my wife was sitting next me chatting this morning as I went through the forum posts and when I opened your painting up she said Oh WOW  :heeha:
There you have it Mary.....right from the mouth of the Headmistress!   >:D  It doesn't get much better than that!
 :clap:   :clap:
I love the play of the light on the snow in the mountains. The light on the green in the mid-foreground gives it an almost surreal quality. I love this!   :heeha:

Congratulations Mary...it's a painting, and a right fine one too.   O0

Wait, Val...I thought YOU were the headmistress...oh..no...that's right...you're First Lady!  Thank you as always....love the word "surreal"...LOL...I live it!  :2funny:


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Reply #19 on: September 28, 2012, 04:38:48 PM
Mary, I hate to say, "I told you so", but I told you so!   :D

Didn't I say it would turn out great?   :cheering:   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I hope you are celebrating.   :flowers:
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Reply #20 on: September 29, 2012, 06:39:54 AM
Lillian  :2funny: - You earned the pleasure of saying "I told you so" hands down!  I believe it was you who recognized I needed to regroup that evening so, you also deserve a medal!  Thank you as always!  :1hug: :flowers:


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Reply #21 on: September 30, 2012, 07:57:01 PM
I tried to paint the mountains too - because i know the South island I wanted to make it closer to the photo but still not a copy. The mountains there are a young alpine range and you get big height changes only when you look down the river valleys or when you look at the giants like Mount Cook or Mount Aspiring.
Dennis where was the photo taken?
I painted this A4 size to fit a frame i already had but I'm not good at small paintings! I think i will have to do it again. Any suggestions for making it better?


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Reply #22 on: September 30, 2012, 08:01:42 PM
You've got great distance and colour in your painting Mary. What paint colour did you use for your mountain rocks - was it the same as Nolan's?


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Reply #23 on: October 01, 2012, 05:27:29 AM
Magnifico!   :clap:   :clap:  Love the scene and the colours. The detailing is great, the depth is super..all those tiny sheep receding in the distance.   :clap:   :clap:

Really well done Karen.   O0
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Reply #24 on: October 01, 2012, 05:34:29 AM
Magnifico
o o o. I see a little silhouetto of a man...
Ray


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Reply #25 on: October 01, 2012, 05:36:43 AM
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Reply #26 on: October 01, 2012, 08:22:26 AM
Hi, Karen and thank you so much.  That's a really good question re my colors...initially, I did use Nolan's color mixes...sometimes though, I have trouble seeing the actual shades on the video so then I revert to the pdf to see if I can achieve what I'm seeing on screen which I did in this case.  That held for mtn #1.  THEN, lol, my paints dried up beyond being able to reconstitute so I mixed up new batches but I just could not get them back to the original shades and my impatience ruled so I used what I mixed.  And that's why the other two are a bit different from the first.  At that point, I stopped looking at the video because I was so far off that I used just the final reference painting and tried to salvage it that way.  My first darkest brown came out nearly black on the first one which I didn't really see until I started applying the other colors and I found it difficult to create contrast at that stage. And in my view, it made the rest look almost garish which is how I was seeing a patchwork quilt with identical colors to a bedspread I once had LOL!  Thanks for the question...it made me take another look at another contributing factor.  I need to take more steps back and really look at things before I proceed.  This was really a good learning one for me.  I'm working on the dunes now and thus far, for once, I'm really happy with the mountain area.  Great pickup!  Thank you again!


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Reply #27 on: October 01, 2012, 12:35:59 PM
lovely painting as always Karen. I really like your foreground and the mountains have enough movement in the silhouette to keep them interesting  :clap:

What I do feel is missing are the sheep shadows  :-\


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Reply #28 on: October 01, 2012, 03:21:34 PM
Sheep Shadows!?   :doh:  I was so taken with the rest of the scene...I didn't even notice!   :faint:    ;D
Cheers, Val

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Reply #29 on: October 01, 2012, 04:25:44 PM
Karen - this is absolutely fabulous...you continue to outdo yourself!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:


 

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