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Title: Sunrise Bridge
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 03, 2015, 12:20:41 AM
 
A friend took this photo of a bridge located nearby - as they say, I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew! From the photo I thought this would be easy, but it's definitely not...please send any comments to help me improve on this...haven't decided it it will be in my Destinations show or not since I don't know if I like it or not! Thanks!
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Post by: ncwren on January 03, 2015, 12:24:59 AM
Lovely  :clap:
Your reflections need to be darker.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 03, 2015, 12:39:48 AM
Thanks Natalie. I can work on that tomorrow!
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 03, 2015, 02:12:20 AM
Sharon,

I flipped back and forth between your painting and the reference photo and can hardly see any difference, except maybe the left side bushes are darker.

Great job.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Bhavna on January 03, 2015, 02:17:16 AM
Nice work Sharon :)
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 03, 2015, 02:24:07 AM
Nice work Sharron, i agree with Natalie for the reflections.  Remember the lighter the object the darker the reflection, the darker the object the lighter the reflection.  One more little thing , on the left hand side the post reflection are past (higher) the dark bar.   Hope this helps
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Post by: lynn p. on January 03, 2015, 04:32:00 AM
Sharon--I am always impressed by how you challenge yourself and succeed.  I agree, this is hard to paint.  I think that when the bridge reflection is darker and doesn't show the light places, you will be happy.  Great job :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 03, 2015, 05:44:06 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions, everyone...and I didn't know that about reflections, Danielle - that lighter colors are darker and darker colors are lighter when they're reflections.  I obviously didn't paint every bush exactly as the original photo...so I'll use what plants I painted as my references...stay tuned!
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Post by: Bellarina on January 03, 2015, 06:16:53 PM
Sharon, you might want to addres the angle of the reflected bridge, you have it going straight across, the reference photo shows a definite angle, giving it the perception of depth, hope this helps.
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on January 03, 2015, 08:35:57 PM
You guys are so good, when I looked at the painting I did not see anything wrong, to me it looked fantastic. Well done Sharon, I wont be able to give advice but can appreciate something so beautiful.
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Post by: Sherri on January 03, 2015, 10:04:55 PM
Sharon - you sure can make watercolors work for you!!!!  This is absolutely gorgeous!!

Sherri
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 03, 2015, 10:33:09 PM

OK - i've darkened the bridge, added some more black underneath to give the right side more of an angle (great idea Robin), and darkened some of the plant reflections in the water...

Louisa & Sherri - what lovely compliments - thank you!  And Lynn - you're so right about always challenging myself. I don't set out to, than in the midst of it I start to panic that I've reached too high, than with feedback from my PB friends I'm always glad I tried these more challenging pieces regardless of how they turn out...

Please let me know if there's more I should do...thanks!
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Post by: Sherri on January 03, 2015, 10:37:05 PM
Awesome!!!! It is perfect now!!!!  Sherri
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 03, 2015, 10:55:49 PM
Oh, yes, Sharon.  This will definitely have to be part of the DESTINATIONS series!

Great!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 03, 2015, 10:59:34 PM
Sherri and Mea - thank you so much! I was feeling really insecure about this. So glad I didn't give up. And yes Mea, it will be in the show! Unframed it's 21x24. One of my largest!
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Post by: Steven on January 04, 2015, 01:14:42 AM
Great detail Sharon, I really like this one! :clap: :clap:
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Post by: lynn p. on January 04, 2015, 01:15:27 AM
Sharon, those changes really made a difference.  You were so close anyway.  Glad you didn't give up!!!!!!!
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 04, 2015, 03:31:00 AM
Well done Sharron,   Congrat it is beautiful.    If you do not mind my saying one more thing, it is the ciment post reflection in the center you should add just a bit of a darker tone as it still appears to bright.
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Post by: Denise808 on January 04, 2015, 03:50:56 AM
So great Sharon! The change in reflections make a beautiful difference - now there's more of a contrast between the water and land/bridge. Will give nice variety to your "Destinations" series  8)
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Post by: cyril on January 04, 2015, 07:26:55 AM
Great Details Sharon!  :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 04, 2015, 05:46:54 PM
Thanks my friends!! And I'll darken the cement a bit before I take it to the framers Danielle. So happy I kept plugging away at this one!
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Post by: Bill.King on January 04, 2015, 07:25:31 PM
Hi Sharon I love your painting great courage to take on so many reflections, the only thing I spotted between the picture and painting, was slightly overdoing the wave effect on some of the reflections of the bridge. Keep going great inspiration.
Mark
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 05, 2015, 02:03:34 AM
Thanks Mark. I'll take a look at those reflections when I darken the cement!
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Post by: jillh on January 05, 2015, 04:23:08 AM
Well Sharon I think this is a stunning painting!  :)
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Post by: njnjgirl on January 05, 2015, 01:02:44 PM
Wow, excellent job with this Sharon.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Bellarina on January 05, 2015, 03:50:09 PM
Sharon, amazing what few small changes can make.  Bravo
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 05, 2015, 05:44:11 PM
 :thankyou: Jill, Mary Lou and Robin!
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Post by: scribe on January 05, 2015, 07:01:07 PM
Sharon, what an outstanding painting. Congratulations!!!! :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Peggy
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 06, 2015, 11:18:07 PM
thanks, Peggy - I just dropped it off at the framer's - I'll post a photo of it when I pick it up!
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Post by: Val on January 07, 2015, 04:27:06 PM
 :heeha:   Banner job Sharon!!! Beautiful painting.  O0 I'll keep watch to see it framed.  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 07, 2015, 05:40:31 PM
Thanks, Val - I'll be picking up about 10 paintings at the framer's tomorrow - can't wait to see this and the others in their finished state...I'll be sure to post this one!
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Post by: ncwren on January 07, 2015, 11:54:30 PM
I bet that framer is tickled pink!  O0
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 08, 2015, 12:56:34 AM
You're right, Natalie! And great news - I posted a Sunrise Bridge photo on Facebook today as a preview about my upcoming show and it sold!! They're going to let me keep it for the exhibit. Doing the happy dance right now!
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 08, 2015, 01:08:00 AM
Sharon,

This is getting better and better!!!

Congratulations.

aloha

mea
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Post by: ncwren on January 08, 2015, 01:46:31 AM
 :heeha:  :clap:
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Post by: Bellarina on January 08, 2015, 02:19:36 AM
Sharon, you are gonna be one busy busy lady, wishing you all the success you deserve.  Take pics of your framed pieces,  slow down and take a breath, relish in all that lingers.  :)
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 08, 2015, 07:47:20 AM
Thanks Mea, Natalie and Robin! An once the exhibit is installed I'll definitely relax, Robin!!
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Post by: dennis on January 08, 2015, 08:02:12 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 08, 2015, 08:07:35 AM
Thanks Dennis! Couldn't have done this without my PB friends!!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 10, 2015, 11:49:43 PM

Here you go, Val - the framed version!
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Post by: doina on January 10, 2015, 11:54:49 PM
great painting!! congrats!!! :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 11, 2015, 12:28:19 AM
Thanks, Doina - I picked up a few more of my paintings from the framers - they all look so much better!
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 11, 2015, 01:53:50 AM
Just stunning, Sharon!!! 

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 11, 2015, 03:46:09 AM
Thanks Mea! I sent the photo to the clients that bought this and they're thrilled!
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Post by: Sue W on January 11, 2015, 04:08:04 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Congratulations on your sale, Sharon! Your painting is lovely!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 11, 2015, 06:25:10 AM
Thanks so much, Sue!
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Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on January 11, 2015, 06:44:40 AM
Sharon your painting is BEAUTIFUL in that frame. :flowers: :clap:
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 11, 2015, 09:44:58 AM
I missed this post but, I'm starting to catch up now. I'm glad I looked in here because, that painting is wonderful and I love how you took critique and applied advice to make it look stunning! Well done and, congratulations on the sale  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Val on January 11, 2015, 09:49:06 AM
 :yippee:   Gorgeous work lady!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:   Your clients have every right to be thrilled to own this lovely piece. Well done.  O0
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Post by: Sherri on January 11, 2015, 07:30:44 PM
Awesome!!!!  It is amazing how much the frame adds to the painting!!!  Love Love Love It.

Sherri
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Post by: Pinuccia on January 20, 2015, 10:42:19 AM
Sharon the painting looks great now after you  fixed the reflections. Congratulations on that painting I am sure it wasn't easy. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Fiona on January 20, 2015, 12:47:27 PM
Well done Sharon - on both the fabulous painting and the sale!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 04, 2015, 10:29:19 PM
I'm very excited because last week the publisher of a local magazine, N Magazine, contacted me and said they want to put "Sunrise Bridge" on the cover of their June edition!! Of course I said yes!!  I'll be sure to take a photo of the cover when I receive it and will post it here. Thanks again for everyone's help in creating this painting - it was truly a group effort!
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Post by: Sherri on April 04, 2015, 11:16:01 PM
Sharon that is so exciting!  Can't wait to see it on the cover of a magazine!  It just keeps getting better!  So proud of you!   :clap: :clap:
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Post by: MaryAnne Long on April 04, 2015, 11:21:30 PM
Fantasmagoric, Sharon.   What an honor!

Oh, this gets more exciting every month.   So happy for you.

VALIDATION!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Pinuccia on April 04, 2015, 11:43:10 PM
Sharon congratulations what an honour.  :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 05, 2015, 12:01:43 AM
Thank you my friends!!! I was so honored to be asked!
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Post by: Tousabella on April 05, 2015, 12:35:56 AM
Sharon...another winner!!  It's beautiful, and framed....perfect.  Congrats...it's lovely.
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Post by: Bellarina on April 05, 2015, 10:27:47 AM
Now we're talking!!!!
Congrats, what an honor.  :clap:
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Post by: Happychappy on April 05, 2015, 11:40:29 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sharon, the painting is just excellent and like Louisa wrote, I too, didn't see a thing wrong. Thank heavens for trained and experienced eyes.  I also never knew about reflections being the darker the subject the lighter the reflections etc so thanks to Danielle for that bit of information.  Congratulations too on your painting being featured on the magazine cover.  What an honour.  Good job.




Patricia
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Post by: dennis on April 05, 2015, 09:20:48 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 06, 2015, 01:37:48 AM
Thank you Retta, robin, Patricia and Dennis!!
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Post by: AJFear on April 06, 2015, 10:13:03 AM
Congratulations  :clap: Sharon its a fantastic painting  :)
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Post by: ncwren on April 06, 2015, 07:27:40 PM
Congratulations!  O0
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 06, 2015, 08:58:56 PM
 :thankyou: AJ and Natalie!
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Post by: JayJ on April 07, 2015, 02:35:28 PM
Congratulations Sharon....what a proud moment!
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 07, 2015, 05:42:01 PM
Thanks Zayn!!