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    Plein Air Painting

    Here are some recent Plein Air Paintings done in California and Austin Texas. Feel free to critique!

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    Hi Jordan -
    Nice work! Good drawing skills and you obviously paint outdoors well. Since you asked I thought I'd offer a few observations...
    In general try to push your composition a little more - most things seem pretty centered - try to find/develop interesting "paths" for the eye (Carl Rungius, Richard Schmid)

    The two rock/hill studies: watch those values especially on the second one - that well lit, bright sky and those dark, broad passages of shadow seem at odds. Also try to keep the sky/ground edge really clean - it can be soft in distance but should still be clean.

    The coast scene: The main thing that jumps out is the large foreground shadow from the big rock seems limited to just the water passage - I see a slight shift in the forground sand but that shadow on the water is so dominant - I think it is probably accurate but see if the sand is the right value relative to the sand in light...also there is something funny about the water/horizon just past the breakers? Sort of a "trough" in there instead of a nice flat plane?

    On the bottom one I really like the handling of the foreground bush - nice work on that - it really jumps forward and has the right feel.

    You probably have it but if not get Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting - particularly with the hills/rocks - he talks about painting the character of the thing so a cloud feels like a cloud, a rock like a rock, etc.

    Keep it up man!

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    Nice work!

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    Jeff, thank you for your insightful critique. You've got an excellent eye for painting. You have pointed a lot of stuff that I didn't notice. I'll keep that in mind for the future paintings.

    Jordan

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    You're welcome Jordan! And thanks in return...it always seems easier to see things in other people's paintings. I hope it helps. You really are are on the right track so just keep at it. Might think about taking a class with someone like Matt Smith. Also I recommend Richard Schmid's book "Alla Prima" - if you don't already have it.

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    Nice stuff !!.. I especially like the second last picture. The interplay of light and shadow is really beautiful in that painting. Keep it up.!!

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