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Kelley

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on: November 05, 2010, 05:52:23 AM
I found a couple of pictures I liked that a friend took in fall (leaves have many colors) and winter (snow covered trees) of the same location in Boise, Idaho.  I want to change the scene a bit by gently curving the ravine and adding the same type of trees to both banks, a coloured bridge or adding a hill to counter balance.  I'll start with making a few notans of what is appealing first then work on color.  This will be the first thought out painting I've done yet  :P(without a brush in my hand).  :sweat: The first step is usually the hardest.

I've attached the pics of what I'm working with.
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Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 10:10:59 AM
wow, the fall colours are absolutely amazing Kelley, it sure would make a great painting that.
The snow one will also look good if you add a deer or something as a spot of colour for a focal point.

Looking forward to seeing the notans :clap:


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Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 03:02:19 PM
I was considering a coloured bridge (blue or red perhaps), but I very much like the deer idea instead. Thank you!
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Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 07:35:05 PM
To add a bridge I suspect you would have to narrow the river otherwise the bridge would end up too big, but a bridge could look good. Even one of those old stone bridges.


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Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 11:36:51 PM
Yes, I was considering narrowing the water path and creating a bridge somewhere before the vanishing point, but a deer or even two would be more interesting and give a better mood of quietness and tranquility.  I remember you saying something to the effect that our mood affects how we paint.  I find that to be very true.
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Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 03:34:26 AM
it sure does. It can change our mood too, that is why art classes are often "prescribed" to folks recovering from depression and anxiety. You can only feel better after painting a nice bright painting. O0


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Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 07:15:15 PM
I'm apparently better with color than black and white :whistle:.   Well, here are some notans to start. :-\
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Reply #7 on: November 06, 2010, 07:58:58 PM
here is my notan for the colour scene so you can compare


it has an interesting shape, but maybe a bit on the dark side so you could add some more light for balance. See how you can bring some more light in. I want you to come up with a suggestion or two before I post mine - I don't want to influence you creative decisions by making my own suggestions now.


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Reply #8 on: November 06, 2010, 10:24:51 PM
Well, I opened the clearing a bit and lowered some of the trees to view the sky.  Then I fell asleep thinking about what else to do  :whistle:  The trouble I am having is that I see  in colour and the water (although I see now as dark) seemed lighter instead of solid black.  Yours is a wider, broader stroke.  I'll have to develop more abstract than details for the big picture.

Second notan here is with less of a bank on the left.  Third is with more water on right with lighter opening/clearing on the right as well.  Fourth and final is with various openings in trees causing "windows" for light to come through.
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Reply #9 on: November 09, 2010, 10:39:56 AM
great job on the sleep notans Kelley  ;D

without a doubt my favourite is "fall windows" it has excellent balance and an interesting shape.
"small left bank" seems heavy on the right - now you can see what we mean by the objects having weight O0
"open clearing" is also nice and will also make a good painting
"more water on right" - the more water tends to draw your eye towards that clearing and out of the picture so that one doesn't work for me.

I am sure you have learnt a lot doing these notans, and saved yourself a lot of headaches in the future because a notan only takes a minute to do and it quickly gives you a feel for what the end result will look and feel like. High five from me for doing them  :twothumbs:


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Reply #10 on: November 09, 2010, 03:20:52 PM
I was going nuts :uglystupid2: for a while trying to figure out how to make variations.  I'll give fall windows a try on canvas next.  Thanks for you assessment and encouragement.
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Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 08:43:00 PM
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Reply #12 on: November 09, 2010, 10:50:34 PM
Apologies for dropping in but I find this is a fascinating process.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #13 on: November 09, 2010, 11:17:00 PM
You are not intruding and very welcome to join in any time, my friend.  I think you and I can learn from our instructors and each other.  I've never done this before so hopefully this new process will help us both.  I imagine making a notan can help you come up with interesting backgrounds for your water colour as well.  Glad to have you Val  O0
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Reply #14 on: November 10, 2010, 09:17:33 AM
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Cheers, Val

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