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Greebo

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on: April 05, 2013, 02:50:24 AM

Hello. This is a sketch of a painting I am planning to do. It is going to be quite large so I would like some feedback on the composition before I start painting it. The sketch is made on the computer but the real painting is going to be 81x65 cm and painted with acrylics.


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Reply #1 on: April 05, 2013, 07:26:15 AM
How fun-I really like your computer sketch!  :smitten:

I like the composition better when I hold my  hand out and block out the stump-either way can't wait to see your final piece!  :clap:
~Natalie

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Reply #2 on: April 05, 2013, 11:41:29 AM
Hi Greebo.. When I enlarged this, I immediately liked it.  One thing I am wondering about (and I have had no in-depth study about composition) is the two trees on the side and the two mountains on the side.. I was thinking it might look better with one mountain just off center and maybe a more distant range toward the other side.  I am asking, because I would like to know myself.  Like I said.. first impression, I liked it; but not real sure about the composition.  I like the house as a point of interest, but ... well now I am confusing myself.. so I will shut up and see what someone else has to say.  Natalie might be right ...maybe it's just the stump.  ??? Hope some others comment.  I could sure learn from this one.
Dianne

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the things you look at change."
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Sarah (arch)

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Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 12:15:15 PM
Mt immediate thought was that the stump brings the eye to the center of interest.
Sarah


polliwag

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Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013, 12:24:51 PM
Wow.. are we going to have you confused or What????  :2funny:   I hope you get lots more comments... then we can shake em up and sort em out!!
Dianne

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the things you look at change."
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Greebo

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Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 02:33:53 PM
When I sketched the first picture I had red lines to mark the thirds of the painting. I placed the stump there to have something in the intersection between the lines but maybe it is better without it. I have updated my sketch to one without the stump so you can see the difference. I also changed the height of the trees and the clouds a bit. The first clouds were a bit to messy.

About the placement of the mountains, this is my attempt at the monthly painting challenge for April. I have already added some more mountains changed the perspective and shrunk the lake. I feel that if I change the mountains more it will not be the same picture, and therefore not keeping within the guidelines of the challenge.

Polliwag: I think composition is a very important part of being a good painter so I  hope to get lots of discussion about it too, it is the best way to learn, except trial and error.




polliwag

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Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 05:37:36 AM
Greebo, I like your trees better in the revised picture.  I also like the contrast in the mountains on the right with the clouds.  I'm not sure I like the roll or flow of the clouds down the mountain to the valley and back up.  I am thinking I like the stump, but maybe it needs to be a little smaller to show more distance between it and the trees??   Gotta go back and take a look at the lake again.  I sure wish the experts would come by!
Your clouds themselves are beautiful by the way.
Dianne

"If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change."
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polliwag

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Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 05:42:09 AM
After looking back at your post, I guess you mean you shrunk the lake from the way it looks in the challenge picture.  I wasn't thinking of it as that picture.  Not sure what the rules are... .  Guess I would need to check on that.  I thought the picture was just for subject matter and inspiration. I need to be sure before I try another challenge.
Dianne

"If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change."
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Reply #8 on: April 07, 2013, 07:25:08 AM
Hi Guys, just spotted this discussion. If this painting is for the competition, you must paint the picture in the photograph. The colour scheme used is your choice. The composition must stay as true as possible to the photograph, otherwise it isn't the same picture. Minor changes will come about in each painting reflecting each individuals perception of the photo, but there has to be a limit somewhere, so moving/redesigning mountains is a definate no-no.
Paint what you see.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: April 07, 2013, 10:37:21 AM
Oops! You're right, Val. I have already done compositional changes to the outhouse drawing. Can I include it in that forum topic and ask that you not include it in the voting, or would you rather have it in the pencil encourager section??? Think I'll still finish it as is.
Sarah


Greebo

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Reply #10 on: April 10, 2013, 09:34:03 PM
Hmm, yes maybe I got a little bit carried away with this one to be allowed in the challenge, but at least it inspired me to paint a hopefully beautiful painting.. I have already started with the clouds so I will probably paint it the way I sketched it anyway.   :thankyou: for all the positive feedback from all of you. I will try to finish it soon so you guys can see how it turned out.


 

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