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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Nottingham canal continued

I have now taken this about as far as I can for today. I'm going to let it dry and perhaps give it a coat of retouching varnish before making any more decisions. This will lift any sunken patches and allow me to see all the tones in the correct register.
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Blogger Marilyn M. King said...

Kieth, Again, your composition is strong and leads you right into the painting. It's very interesting to see how you work through your color transitions and arrive at what is most successful and not so much what is actually there. The strong blue of the sky and water really makes this landscape sing and I notice that you have gotten that body of water to lay down good and flat. The reflections of the shoreline really define that flat plane. It looks about finished, what more are you going to do?

2 October 2008 at 22:34  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks for looking in Marilyn. I think it is just a matter of fine tuning certain areas now. I keep looking at that large flat expanse of strong blue in the foreground. I may try introducing some variation into this solid tone with glazes when it is completely dry. That way, if it doesn't work, I can just wipe it off.

3 October 2008 at 07:42  
Blogger Marilyn M. King said...

I agree. About one third of the painting down in the water area does seem to loose it's "flatness" somewhat. Maybe try lightening that area a bit as it comes forward. Can you try it in photoshop? I read just recently in a still life book that when you paint a table, have the lightest part in the front and go darker as the table recedes into the distance. I don't know if that stands for flat water or not. LOL. I usually paint what I see rather than follow rules!

7 October 2008 at 04:44  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks Marilyn. Following a regrettable incident on Saturday Evening, when, full of bravado bought on by several glasses of Chardonnay, I attempted to glaze the water, I now need to restate the whole area! I'm sure there is a lesson to be learned here. Hoping to get chance to sort this out before the end of the week.

7 October 2008 at 07:56  
Blogger Jennifer Young said...

Hi Keith,
I followed Marilyn's suggestion and took a minute to visit your blog. So glad I did! Your work is really lovely and I'm enjoying seeing the progressions you post. This piece took a surprising turn for me in terms of color. It is pretty hard to pull that kind of thing off convincingly, so congratulations. I think it says a great deal about the work you've done observing nature and understanding light. Sorry about the mishap with the painting, but I'm sure you can bring it back 'round in no time. Note to self...don't drink and glaze! ;-)

9 October 2008 at 16:52  
Blogger Keith said...

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment on my work Jennifer, it is much appreciated.I Still haven't had time to finish this one but hoping to get to grips with it within the next few days (but not on Saturday night!).

9 October 2008 at 19:53  

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