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on: February 25, 2013, 04:02:22 AM
Thought I'd try painting a sunset and I loved the colors in this reference photo.  I'm not sure exactly what happened to the large purple pool of water on the lower right but it wasn't good.  Any suggestions?

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Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 04:49:42 AM
Hi Red.  Like your colors a lot.  Hard to believe that nature can do that. What I see in your painting are hard plane lines in the purple section which makes the eye think water is flowing down.  See if you can imitate the more subtle lines in that section.  I also think that the shape of that area needs to be more rounded on the left, like your photo.  Hope that helps.

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Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 02:41:36 PM
Boy there is something happening in that purple pool in the photo, too. It almost looks as though it is the mouth of a stream. With plane lines coming away from that stronger flow across sand or very shallow water, but also cross planes from the main body of water. I think Lynn's suggestions are good. Soften the planes coming from the stream and round the edges as water might wash the sand more naturally might get it to lie down a little. Gorgeous colors! And a really difficult photo to work from. You did well. :)


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Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 05:41:25 PM
You have done really well Red, from such a beautiful but difficult photo. Imho.
The sea to me is running in two directions to my eye so how you paint that god only knows, as the beach boys once said. I like your sky as there is more too it than the photo, and it dose not lose any of the fire either.
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Reply #4 on: February 26, 2013, 02:34:33 AM
Red, you have handled the colours very well :clap: :clap: :clap: you definitely went out of your comfort zone on this difficult photograph because there are two opposing water currents - there stream entering the sea and the waves crashing towards the shore - but that is what it is all about - If one wants to learn fast, then get out of the comfort zone  ;) .
 :congrats: for trying and making a reasonably good job of it as well  O0 Be very careful with the perspective - you lost it on the left side of the painting. Straighten that twist out and that will make a tremendous difference.
Well done - keep at it :clap: :clap:
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Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 03:34:48 AM
Thanks everyone for the critique, especially you Dennis.  This is what I need.  Honest, simple suggestions of ways to improve.  I knew this would be hard to pull off.  I just really loved the vivid colors.  I think I will redo this and try and incorporate your recommendations and see what happens. 


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Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 02:12:18 PM
Your colors are beautiful and you captured the mood in this painting.  The only problem is the purple area but you knew that already. Tough one to paint and boy you did a great job  Looking forward to seeing it after you make Dennis's suggestions.   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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