Everyone loves my work, never a bad word. Now I see lots of things I would do different or would like to improve but I dont always know how or what "that bit of funk" is. I never expected to be posting this here. It turned from a landscape scene to a custom one for the sweet girl at the coffee shop. A random piece doesnt mask a process that needs improvement so this should be good enough. I greatly appreciate all constructive feedback!!
Also this is acrylic on stretched canvas. I have not varnished it yet.
Fantastic! I get a sort of folk art feel from it and the fall colors are wonderful! You get the feeling of actually being there, sitting back a ways watching the fisherman from a cabin or lake camp site. The water is very well done and the trees around the border are awesome! I don't see a thing I would change.
It's a beautiful piece that really reminds me of some of those pieces that Bob Ross would do. (Please take that as a compliment!)
I love the richness and the flow of the colors you've chosen. I like the laid-back, easy-going feel that the subject matter invokes. I like the fireflies, they're a great touch that adds depth to the piece. The reflections in the water are really nicely captured; they match the colors of their counterparts but have the perfect texture that you get off of water. Very well done!! I don't think there's anything you should do to change this piece.
I think if you're looking for a critique on how to improve over the long run, we'd need to see more of your body of work to get a better idea of the kinds of things you're doing. It's hard to judge someone's style based solely on one piece.
I really like the feeling of distance you've managed to create for the tree's in your background.
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I'm like you, in that I'd like to have constructive criticism of my work in a way that I could really improve. I will start off by saying, I'm not an expert by no means. I think this painting is very peaceful and calming and beautiful just as it is. To my eye, though perhaps the distant shoreline could be broken into more horizontal lines, even the parts that jut out. Also, the tree line seems a little too regular? Maybe so a hint of a distant hill some place. These are just suggestions, but even as it, it's a lovely painting.
Thanks so much everyone for all of the great feedback. Ill try to include the actual photo so you can see my reference.
Thank you, that info helps!
Oh no wonder you were inspired to paint this scene. How beautiful. I like how that even though you made it your own, you still captured the essence and serenity of it.
Crissie, this is a wonderful piece that has great depth in it. I can really see how your reference (the photo) inspired the painting, and you did a great job capturing the different layers of the landscape. I specifically like the fall colors of the trees, as well as the foreground with the tree branches - it gives the painting wonderful perspective.
One thing I would say is to think about your light source in terms of the dock - do the values stay the same as the dock enters into the foreground? It may lend more dimension to examine how both values (in relation to light source) and detail (in relation to foreground) can change the dynamic of your work. Great job!!
I think you have painted an excellent picture. Well done.
Because you are as capable as you are, I am going to offer a few thoughts on the design of the picture. I hope you can put some of this to use in the future. The suggestions I have are regarding the placement of objects and the division of space. Please keep in mind that there are no RULES in picture design. However, there are GUIDELINES that can be a big help.
The horizontal line of the distant shore in your painting falls at a point that equally divides the top, sky area and the bottom, lake area. Dividing a picture into almost equal areas is something artists try to avoid. Also the dock and walkway are placed right in the center of the picture, dividing the lake into equal parts left and right. This sort of thing usually creates a symmetry that can be disturbing. There are times when a symmetrical design can produce a feeling of peace or harmony. However in most cases, a formal, symmetrical placement of elements in a design can produce a static result. At times, it is as if the picture "explains itself" too quick.
Think of a painting as something that develops through several steps. Once you have a subject that interests you, the first step should be to make several small pencil sketches, thumbnails. This is the basic design stage of the picture. The thumbnails allow you to explore the subject—the placement and size of objects—and they allow you to choose the best approach. Personally, I consider this to be the most creative and demanding stage of a painting.
You have a lot of talent and you have a lot of wonderful pictures that you have yet to create—or even think about. Make the most of each picture you paint.
Thank you very much, I will keep this info in mind in the future and spend more time studying guidelines. I think hitting the books is exactly what I need at this point. I look forward to adding this planning process to my routine. As a hobbiest I just went with the flow but now that I am selling my work its time to apply more organization. Thank you so much for your constructive reviews.
The most important thing is to stick with it. Keep drawing and painting every chance you get.
There are so many really good art instruction books and CDs available that you should take advantage of them. I believe most of what there is to learn about art is actually self taught. I always remember something I heard long ago—You learn to draw and paint by drawing and painting. Be true to yourself and the talent you have and everything else will fall into place.
Best of luck