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LanieT

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on: February 23, 2013, 04:48:33 AM

Hi All and :help:

This painting has been on my easle for months now, way before I joined PB and frankly I need your help.

It started out as a "shack on the beach" for my brother.  Since I liked the idea I found a reference and modified it - a lot!  Anyway, there are so many thing that are wrong about it that I don't know where to begin or if I'm even seeing it all.

It has a long way to go to finish it, adding such things as palm trees, rocks, finish the beach, the horizon, the shack, add a guy fishing, a boat etc., etc, etc...

The composition seems off to me, but can't ID it.  Should I scrap it all together  :thumbdown: or try and fix it  :clap: ? I'm at my wits end with it... :banghead:

Thanks, in advance, for your help on this one.  :flowers:  :flowers:

Any and all comments more than welcome and be brutal if you must.  I have a thick skin.  8)
LanieT


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Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 05:00:41 AM
Lanie. . .I think you have a great start and that you should keep going. . . . did you do some preliminary sketches so you remember what you going to do?
I'm no artist, certainly not of your calibre, but perhaps if you took what you have, made a sketch of that and played around with the sketch ? That might shake something loose . . . . .  :1hug:
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Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 05:03:09 AM
Lanie, I am such a novice at painting but in my humble opinion, I would not add too much, if anything at all, for you will take away the serenity of the picture.  Your sky is magnificent and so realistic, perhaps define the water's edge more.  However, I would wait for the more experienced artists to guide you.  They will put you on the right track for sure.  I think your painting is lovely.  Patricia
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Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 06:08:49 AM
No,  don't scrap it. Most of us would be quite happy with having painted it. But because you are Lanie, not most of us, it will be fun to hear ideas for what can be done. I see the beach as being a little too l-shaped. Maybe a nice curve would bring the eye into the shack more easily, although that might be a little too typical. And I'm thinking bring a little skylights and color variation into the tree behind the shack. Perhaps a little dark for that distance? Not sure. Some of these things are probably in your finishing plans anyway? There's just a little bit of a curl to the shack's right roof. Keep in mind that i don't do landscapes and I don't do oils. :blush:  This has lots of potential. Your brother will love it.
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LanieT

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Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 03:19:31 AM
Sarah –
"beach as being a little too l-shaped” – ahhh I see that now! Your right, the curve would bring the eye to the shack – at this point it doesn’t matter if it’s typical, just want to get the thing done! :2funny:

“And I'm thinking bring a little skylights and color variation into the tree behind the shack.” I was thinking that it was too flat, but had been concentrating on the sky and water at the time and never got back to it.
 
“Some of these things are probably in your finishing plans anyway?” finishing plans…I am ashamed to say I had very little in the way of plans…which is why I am stuck now. I realy see the value in planing your painting now! But then I was always one to learn the hard way. :blush: :2funny:  I like Roxy's suggestion to go back and do sketches to come up with a plan!  :clap: O0

“There's just a little bit of a curl to the shack's right roof.”  Actually it is supposed to be that way. I can’t exactly explain it but hope to make it more obvious later. The shack came from a different reference that seem to fit ok.

Patricia – thanks for pointing out that the painting seems serene to you and that you like the clouds/sky. Because I was just starting out again and had forgotten how to do them, I had to do internet research just to find out that artist do them slightly different. I settled on the Bob Ross method because it looked easier and I liked the outcome. All this was way before I discovered PB of course!

Roxy – no I didn’t do any preliminary sketches, just took the reference and went from there straight to the canvas. Ugg! I like your suggestion for doing the sketches now...maybe I can shake up these old brain cells to come up with something.    O0

Thank you all for taking your time and helping me out with this.  I just love how wonderful everyone is and I really appreciate it. If you don't mind I'd like to post my progress from time to time and ask for comments.  What do you think?
LanieT


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Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 03:41:09 AM
 If you don't mind I'd like to post my progress from time to time and ask for comments.  What do you think?
Mind. . .? Mind?  Have you lost yours??? :2funny:  Of course we don't mind if your post your progress, in fact, we insist that you do!!
Silly Lanie, that's us your talkin' to girl. . . . :1hug: :1hug:
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LanieT

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Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 04:27:00 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: What was I thinking!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
LanieT


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Reply #7 on: February 25, 2013, 01:17:38 PM
this painting is coming along beautifully, I love the colours as well as the composition, complete it  :heeha:


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Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 01:29:36 PM
I would add a vapour trail above the clouds right, to indicate that civilisation is far far away  ;D
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LanieT

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Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013, 03:49:24 AM
Nolan - thanks for taking your valuable time and looking at my painting, I really appreciate your input.  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:

I'll keep working on it then, but after this darn cold goes away.   :tickedoff:

Splithairs - "vapour trail" hmmm this would be a challenge!  So can you explain what you mean or post a link to examples?  I've never done them. :help:
LanieT


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Reply #10 on: February 26, 2013, 04:30:15 AM
Lanie, this is coming along beautifully. Wonderful colours, nice and bright. You've greatly cheered the day for this landlocked sailor.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :1hug:   Can't wait to see its conclusion.  O0
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Reply #11 on: February 26, 2013, 04:43:26 AM
Lanie--I agree with the others.  Love this painting and it is where we all want to be right now.  I just googled "shack on the beach" images and I 'm sure you've already done this.  If you wanted other elements, it gave some ideas like surf board leaning against the shack, boat pulled up on sand, foliage etc.  I am sure what you decide will be great!!!


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Reply #12 on: February 27, 2013, 06:06:23 AM
Hi Lanie. I am no expert when it comes to critiques, but I am noticing one thing that I learned. Your clouds look like they are out of perspective. The cloud in the top middle seems like it is out of place. Another thing I learned is to remember less is better. Also, if you can take something out of a painting and not make a difference in the painting, take it out. It is going to be a nice painting and don't fret over it so much--it will show. Go at it with gusto!! :gl:
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