Acrylic on canvas. 60 cm x 50 cm.
Comments & critique will always be welcome & appreciated!
I like it. The reflection in the water is good. The buildings seem like they could use a little more character even if it is made up. Some of the buildings look old and have character while others look like they have a fresh paint job. Maybe that is what you are going for though. Something seems a little off with the shutters on the red building to the far right. The boats and sidewalk are all really good. The water could be, I don't really know how to say it but more water like.
As I said at first I like it and I hope some of what I said can help you. If not please take it with a grain of salt.
Thank you for your comments - like you I am a bit concerned about the water, but not sure how to fix it. This is the photo (taken last year while on holiday) that I was working from.
You have an appealing painting. A few things you may want to look at relative to the water - the dock line (or water line) in between the two boats and by 'sidewalk' should be darker under the white, look at your reference, this area looks quite dark, if you darken this area your reflections and water would pop even more. You should look at adding a ripple effect to the white reflections of the window and door in the water, also adjust the top line of the window a bit in the water.
Look at the reflection of the boat, it appears much darker in your reference than you have shown in your painting, (and I think too you could darken the red on the boat next to the dark at the front of the boat and darken the area under the top white line at the front of the boat. Darkening the boat reflection would highlight your water and reflections on the water side of the boat. I am looking at your painting and not the photograph right now, but check out the line right under the boat to see if you should leave the lighter edge on the water the boat is on - my mind's eye says it should be there that it may indicate the water hitting the boat.
You are lucky you are painting with acrylics in that if you decide to modify anything it is relatively easy to do so. One thing that I do if I am contemplating a colour change is to cut out a piece of paper that would be similar to the colour I want to change to, to see if it would solve the problem, so if you cut out a piece of black paper about the size of that area between the two boats and in front of the 'sidewalk', you would see if that would help your painting or not, ditto the reflection of the boat in the water in a colour the same as the darkest part of your boat reflection now. You could also darken with charcoal and then wipe off with a slightly damp kleenex.
Check your reference and see if there are any wavy lines that show in the water's reflection - like that white building - you could highlight areas of your reflection with a small line or two of muddied white a little lighter than what you have, this should should movement in the water.
That is a fantastic photo! I can't imagine how fun it would be to vacation in a place that beautiful. I love all of the colors of the buildings. You have done a heck of a nice job capturing the view. Valerie has given some wonderful advice on how to adjust the water. The movement is most important. It does not have to match the picture to a T but without the movement it just does not look right.
Thanks Valerie for your suggestions - I will work on this & see what happens.
Hi Valerie & Kris,
After following your suggestions, I think this is a bit better.
Nice job! The water has some movement to it now. Congrats!!
thanks Kris. Sonia.
It does seem like you have spent more time on the water and reflections than the buildings for example. I would like to see more detail on them.. But I really like the simplicity and color palette.
Valerie, your suggestions to Just Finished are impressive. It's those "little things" that can make a big difference. Your comments are clear and easy to follow. They are also a good reminder for me when I am painting!
Thank you for your comments. Did you have a look at the photo that I used for this painting? The colours of the buildings are the same, but a I have made them a little brighter & are fairly much the same in detail. Burano is such an interesting place to visit.