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Alan Dixon

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on: March 02, 2013, 01:32:02 PM
This is the most complicated picture I have attempted to date. On the whole I am fairly pleased. I am coming to realize that very few of you will actually comment on my paintings so I am asking that you let me know what you might have done differently. I will not necessarily agree with all these ideas but I am certainly open to your opinions. I really look forward to hearing from you (really), as suggestions are the only way I might be able to improve. (technique, colours,etc.)
Alan


Bhavna

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Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 02:26:43 PM
I think you really did nice job with your painting Alan :clap:
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Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 03:43:14 PM
Alan, I am just a beginner but I think that your painting is excellent for the houses are gorgeous, you have captured the reflections in the water magnificently too.  So I really cannot offer any further advice other than saying that it is a lovely painting.  Patricia
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Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 04:06:28 PM
Alan you have made a shadow side on the front red boat and the little gray house. The other houses might benefit from having some shading on that same side for depth. Otherwise, I have no experience. We have no piers on the prairie. This would certainly be a complicated project. You are brave!
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Reply #4 on: March 03, 2013, 07:33:05 AM
I am a beginner as well and I have been to Peggy's Cove several times.  I love Nova Scotia.  I think you have captured the spirit of all the East Coast.  This picture reminds me a lot of the Group of Seven.  Great Job.


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Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 10:40:41 AM
 Alan I think you have a great start on a complicated scene. There's so much going in the picture it's hard to decide what to look at first.
I'm no expert, but if I were doing this scene, I would simplify, simplify, simplify.
Keeping the essence of what Peggy's Cove is, but removing  all the "noise" as it were. Just my 2 cents worth.
I live in NS. & have been to Peggy's many times.
I live to draw and paint, it a good thing that I don't have to draw and paint to live!


liz

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Reply #6 on: March 04, 2013, 12:01:38 AM
Hi Alan,
It's a lovely scene.  You did a good job on all the buildings.  What is that large red patch on the right side?  I may have left out a boat and chosen just one, maybe the largest as a focal point.  You've captured the spirit of the cove as someone said and I think that's the main idea.  Makes me want to see this place!



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Reply #7 on: March 04, 2013, 02:15:16 AM
You would do well to recheck your lightsource, don't forget the shadings and cast shadows must be kept uniform throughout the entire painting. With so many angles its easy to get a bit lost.  :confused: 
If the colours were not quite as intense as you move back through the painting you would gain more depth as well.
Good job overall on a complex scene. Peggy's Cove is a wonderful place, so many wonderful scenes to paint.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #8 on: March 04, 2013, 05:14:17 AM
Alan, the suggestions given will be helpful, I think.  However; I think you did very well and yes you were brave to undertake such a complex scene.   :congrats:
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Alan Dixon

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Reply #9 on: March 04, 2013, 08:28:45 AM
Wow! I got a number of opinions and I greatly appreciate them all. As I said I might not agree with all but even they improve my thinking.


Val and Sarah - I have reviewed the original photo. This was taken on a very overcast day and so the lighting was rather flat. My error was probably in making the shadow on the boat in particular to heavy but I did that to intensify the shape.


Roxy - I too have been to Peggy's cove on a number of occasions, and have previously done a simpler picture on a foggy day (see below) . It just happens that this photo was one of my favourite of the many I have taken and I wanted to reproduce it as it was.


Liz- That "red patch" is a large slab of rock and I am glad you brought it to my attention. I am going to re-do that to make it look more real (I hope).
Again, thank you all for your comments. They are exactly what I hoped to get.
Alan


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Reply #10 on: March 04, 2013, 10:00:27 AM
I really like this painting with the blue boat and the perspective you created in this second picture!  You're going great guns, Alan!   O0 :painting:


 

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