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    Well I live South of the mall a little so it was looking like winter for a few minutes! Wouldn't have wanted to be driving right about then.

    I'm actually heading out of town in a bit for Europe, to take a landscape course with Marc Dalessio, so no local events for a bit. Not that I'm complaining
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig D View Post
    I'm actually heading out of town in a bit for Europe, to take a landscape course with Marc Dalessio, so no local events for a bit. Not that I'm complaining
    Lucky you! Have a good trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean McClain View Post
    nice watercolor I like your approach to the competition piece.
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    Thank you! I plan on doing more of that in the winter, when sitting outside with the paints is impractical.

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    So I didn't place in the competition. I expected that there might be four artists in my category with better work than mine, and there were certainly some paintings I'd have picked over mine, but none of them happened to win. The strange thing was that I picked the winners in the other categories with a fair amount of accuracy. It's like my category was being judged by my bizarro-world double. I'm not sure there was anything I could have possibly painted that would have been selected by that (hypothetical) judge.

    Oh well. Probably a good intro to art competitions.

    Right now I'm starting a lot of landscapes because the weather is so unseasonably good. One is nearly done and two others are a fair bit along so I should have a few new paintings to post this upcoming week.
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    Tis the season for plein-air landscapes again. Which is to say the season when the paint doesn't freeze.

    A quick watercolour from a mountain trip in May:
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    These I started last summer and finally finished up for this year's art fair.

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    Hey!
    Looks like you are keeping busy. I like the foreground handling of this last one very sensitive. Your mid ground , background and sky are too saturated or too much chroma. they need some atmosphere , greying down some. I think you would be wise to read up on composition and look at some landscape,cityscape work . You need to have a focus and if you want more than one then make one more important and devise a way to lead viewer through the piece and out. Your street light piece is a good example of not knowing where to look. the magenta sky could be a focal point but clouds on the right are so bright they fight for attention. Somethings to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mburrell View Post
    Hey!
    Looks like you are keeping busy. I like the foreground handling of this last one very sensitive. Your mid ground , background and sky are too saturated or too much chroma. they need some atmosphere , greying down some. I think you would be wise to read up on composition and look at some landscape,cityscape work . You need to have a focus and if you want more than one then make one more important and devise a way to lead viewer through the piece and out. Your street light piece is a good example of not knowing where to look. the magenta sky could be a focal point but clouds on the right are so bright they fight for attention. Somethings to think about.
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    Thanks for the input! I think you're absolutely right about the focal points. I'm not sure I noticed it in the streetlight painting but everything is competing for attention. Since I often do these plein air I need to get a lot better about selective editing.

    As for the field... well, canola is not what you would call subtle:

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    That's really the charm of painting it. Is it the best handling of a prairie hill? I don't know but it did capture the eye-punching truth of sitting beside a canola field in July.
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    I really like the one with the little bird in the water in the foreground. And your pen and ink landscapes. Quite impressed by the line quality and sense of light with all that white space you leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualeot View Post
    I really like the one with the little bird in the water in the foreground. And your pen and ink landscapes. Quite impressed by the line quality and sense of light with all that white space you leave.
    Thank you! I've been doing a lot of pen & ink sketching with the local Urban Sketchers lately so I'm getting lots of practice in! Unfortunately it's all quick, rough work because we only meet for a couple of hours. It will be nice to do some more finished pieces again. Actually I did this still life just a couple of weeks ago and it turned out quite nicely: http://vineris.deviantart.com/art/An...hoes-386373118 , I think I'd like to do more work like that.
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    Looking good vin, keep it up! I think the duck one is my favorite so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syle View Post
    Looking good vin, keep it up! I think the duck one is my favorite so far.
    Thanks! It was a really nice female Goleneye with a little horde of ducklings. Sadly they were moving too much in the water to paint them on site and none of my reference photos turned out even a little. They all look like a blurry duck with an amorphous black cloud behind it.

    I'm heading out to paint later this week so maybe I'll catch a few more waterfowl. I'm all about the waterfowl at the moment.
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    I've been busy painting since the beginning of August, finishing up some older paintings and starting new ones.

    This is from last fall, some hay bales at the University Farm:
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    From a trip to a nearby provincial park a few weeks ago. I found a place to sketch near a pond where I liked the lighting, and it turned out to be a beaver pond. I got to paint to almost non-stop beaver chewing.
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    A field on the outskirts of the city. Getting to that viewpoint was a bit of an adventure so I ended up settling for what I could get. It's a bit messy and the composition is kind of lousy, which is too bad because I really liked the backlighting on the sunflower. Oh well... live and learn.
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    You've got a nice left lower corner on the sunflower painting. Not sure what it is painted on and whether it can be cropped or not, but the yellow sunflowers look really nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualeot View Post
    You've got a nice left lower corner on the sunflower painting. Not sure what it is painted on and whether it can be cropped or not, but the yellow sunflowers look really nice
    Thanks!
    The painting is on hardboard, unfortunately. And while I've taken the table saw to a painting before, I rather like the big sunflower bud on the right and I can see no way to split the two without wrecking one of them. I am considering doing a second painting of just the small sunflowers, though. I took a bunch of reference photos while I was out there and they did attract me to that hill in the first place.
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