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Riya

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on: October 10, 2012, 08:11:39 AM
I finished these two paintings this and last week. Both are in acrylics and i am quite happy with them, especialy the copy from a painting of Gauguin.
These little beach houses i did last week, in between my  :'( sneeses  :whistle: :2funny: I used ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, cadmium red and white. It is only a 20 x 20 cm vanvasboard.


This copy of a Gaugauin i just love and i am really very happy with the look on the left hand girl's face, that was exactly what i loved about the original and i really tried to get that same soft smile. The other girl, well i'm not sure. Gauguin used a lot of green in her shadings, and i was afraid she would look as if she is not from Polinisia but from Mars.


The skintones where a real challenge and this time i painted the canvas first with a thin wash af yellow ochre because Gauguin always painted his polinisian women on dark linen.
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Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 08:38:41 AM
Rita, you have been exercising your painting skills and keeping us fed with your works!
The top painting looks good but, there is something about the sea that Nolan or Dennis may be able to help on. I'm not sure if it's a perspective thing. That said, I do like the huts and the way you have got 'em a good colour. The birds are perfect for the scene.
I don't know much about Gaugauin's works but, it looks like you have done a very good job of this one. I see what you are saying about the look on the face but, I'm more intrigued by the look on the face of the woman on the right, who's admiration for the Melons, give rise to giggles!  :blush: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Well done  :clap: :clap:
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Riya

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Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 02:02:24 PM
Thank you Tony, for your comment. The sky and water had to be a lot lighter, but because i didn't have the right colour, and because i started with a underpainting in burn sienna, it turned out much darker and more purple. I made a small line between the water and the sky, but i think this line is not really horozontal. Well, i just wait to hear what Dennis or Nolan advices me.

 :blush: :2funny: Yeah, maybe she is wondering about the difference in size, i noticed it after i had finished and the painting and took photo's of it.
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Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 02:09:12 PM
Hi Rita, busy girl that you are.  Sorry you're still sneezing!

Can you show us your reference photos?
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Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 02:32:48 PM
Rita- once again, you dazzle!!!  I'm amazed at how prolific you are even not feeling well!  I can't offer assessment because I can only go by what I see and like and I'd hang both of these in a heartbeat!  You go, girl!  :clap:  Hope you feel better soon...mine is lingering...and so am I!   :2funny:


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Reply #5 on: October 10, 2012, 02:49:28 PM
Thank you for your nice comments, Lillian and Mary.  :flowers: :1hug:

Well, i did not paint for a few days, but it was so hard.  :2funny: After two or three days i just :surrender:

These are my reference photo's:

 a very old and small photo
and the painting of Gauguin that i tried to copy.
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Reply #6 on: October 10, 2012, 04:52:10 PM
Rita
Very nice job on both the paintings. I really like your colours in the huts, but it looks to me that the huts are smaller at the front. I would assume they would have a slight taper toward the horizon (vanishing point) I like the colour but as top mentioned, the sea is kind of lost.
The two girls are outstanding in every way
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Reply #7 on: October 10, 2012, 07:20:10 PM
two very lovely renditions Rita. The colours of your Gauguin are the same, just more vibrant which for me make it a better version  O0


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Reply #8 on: October 10, 2012, 09:52:02 PM
Excellent work, Rita!    :clap: :clap:

You must function under the same motto as I do --    "DO EVERYTHING ANYWAY" 

I hope you can kick that cold soon.   :1hug:
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Reply #9 on: October 10, 2012, 11:51:22 PM
 :clap:  :clap: I like Gauguin Rita. Lovely  :clap:  :clap: Nice work on the beach houses.  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #10 on: October 12, 2012, 03:39:26 PM
I made some adjustments :painting: . The houses are now slyghtly taper towards the sea, the lower part of the sky has now a small lighter band, and the sea is at the horizon a little darker with some white from waves.
The scan was also much more purple than the painting, so i needed to make a photo, now the colours are just perfect. O0
I hope that the perspective is now better, (only the horizon is a little tilted, so all :boat: are sailing to the East :2funny: ).

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Reply #11 on: October 12, 2012, 03:42:43 PM
Alan, Nolan, Lillian and Val,  :thankyou: so much for all your lovely and encouraging comments.  :flowers: :flowers:
Tony and Alan, I made some adjustments on the Beach Houses to get, hopefully, the perspective right.
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Reply #12 on: October 12, 2012, 03:47:19 PM
It's looking good Rita! Can I make a little suggestion? What do 'ya think about putting a little shadow along the water front where in meets the sand. Just along the bottom of the water? See what Nolan or Dennis think.
It's great that you are willing and able to make modifications to your work at this stage.
Keep up the great work Rita ;)
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Reply #13 on: October 12, 2012, 03:57:09 PM
Thank you Tony, for your quick reply and your advice :heeha: . You are right, now the horizon is much darker the waterfront looks a little off.
Maybe Nolan has some ideas, what colour i should use, or maybe i can put in some rolling waves.
 :2funny: My partner tells me always the same and still wonders that i am willing to do as he advices,...most of the time  :2funny:
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Reply #14 on: October 12, 2012, 06:29:35 PM
Your painting has much more impact than it had before. Great work in fixing it up  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I personally would not touch the sea any more. At times there is a dark strip on the horizon and very little surf at the water's edge. I see this virtually every day as I live by the sea. If you start adding too much detail in the distance you only tend to bring that area forward and cause an optical illusion. Remember your focus is on the buildings.
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