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Alan Dixon

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on: September 07, 2012, 07:54:56 PM
This is acrylic on Canvas 40 cm x 60 cm
The painting here is as close as I could get to the actual colour of the Photo, but the colours are still not quite as pleasant as the true painting colours. I used Paintshop Pro X3, but I just cant get the colour balance right. Anyway the painting is not too bad. I used brushes for the mountains and I don't think they are quite as rugged as when done with palette knives.
I would appreciate all advise I can get
Alan


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Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 08:04:53 PM
Beautiful painting Alan.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 08:16:51 AM
I like the colours and the composition of your painting Alan. It's very hard to match colours in a photo and your colours look good. I might add a few sky coloured ripple lines and some irregularity in the outlines in the water. I think It was Nolan who mentioned in the small waterfall lesson that an absolutely mirrored reflection didn't look as natural as a slightly disturbed one.


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Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 10:51:02 AM
Hi Alan.  I agree, nice colors.  This is such a peaceful looking lake that it makes you want to jump in (but with your wet suit on). Love the sky as well.  I agree with Karen on the water.

Also, the sun must be coming from the left, what with the shadow in the left trees.  I might put a bit more shadow on the right side of the mountains too.  Good job O0


Alan Dixon

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Reply #4 on: September 09, 2012, 11:13:20 PM
Thanks for the advice. I agree that the right side of the mountains should have more shadowing. As far as the movement on the lake is concerned, most Canadian Rockies lakes have a mirror like look on a nice day, so I think I will leave that alone.
Here is my reference photo
Alan


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Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 12:52:37 AM
Oh Alan, yes I see.  Like a mirror really.  Beautiful photo.  Alan--I hope you don't mind but I have a suggestion.  I looked at your photo and painting together in your gallery.  What I notice is the distant trees you have at the base of the nearest mountain might be softened in color, more gray and lighter. to give the appearance of being in the distance and being part of the mountain.  I always forget to do that kind of thing in landscapes because of those little particles in the air (I think that is what Nolan says) that makes distant objects closer to the sky color and hazier. 
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Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 08:18:41 PM
one of you nicest paintings Alan, well done  :clap:

Add a few ripple marks along the shoreline to separate the reflection from the real thing O0


Alan Dixon

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Reply #7 on: September 11, 2012, 12:31:28 AM
I have made minor changes. ie. I have lightened the tree's growing up the mountain and I have added more shadowing to the right side of both mountains. I never thought of adding shoreline ripples but I did run a line of brown shoreline to separate the mountains and reflections.
Actually the changes are so subtle that I won't bother adding a new picture. The changes do slightly improve the painting though.
Thanks for your input(s)
Alan