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    Rembrant has all the light focused on Jeremiah and Jerusalem burning in the bottom left corner. Because of the highlighting coming in from the left side the edges are very sharp on the objects and the background is very soft and only sets up the space and frames the bottom. I wanted to keep it in the 1 hour time limit so I wouldn't get fussy with details.

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    Ok great to see where you are at. When you are first getting started it is very important to really focus in on the mapping out of your shapes as accurately as you can possibly get them. If you put a shape in the wrong place and commit you end up having the other shapes off and require fixing, which increases painting time. By taking just a few extra minutes early on to measure out your shapes, to compare your shapes, and be sure they are placed and drawn accurately will make the rest of the painting process, working out your values and edges, much much easier.

    You should flip the images horizontally and vertically so that you see the shapes with fresh eyes. This should be part of the process and if you are already doing that, keep doing it more. The professional artists will often flip images or use a mirror to see with fresh eyes as many as three or four times a minute as they are working when things really get flowing. You can also back away...actually get up and back away...and doing this works for shapes as well as checking values and edges.

    Keep up the good work.


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    I chose paintings from a Hudson River artist because I want to create beautiful immersive landscapes too. Each is done in 3 hours on the dot.

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    In this one the emphasis is on the foreground tree, water, and open area because the edges are very sharp and the value is really light and the 2nd area of emphasis is in the background with the patch of light and dark trees. In hindsight the trees make a parentheses shape that is repeated in multiple areas, sometimes inside out for variation.

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    In "Kindred Spirits the whole composition is set up as an oval with the heavy values on the bottom and the round branches at the top. This all contrasts the middle of the whole canvas where your eye has to stay.

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    These are getting progressively better with each one. I really like seeing that happen. good work.

    You are getting about 90 percent there with the three most important things...shapes, values and edges. are you flipping your images horizontally and vertically every minute or so to check accuracy?

    Make a pass at the end where you double check the following, in this order.

    a. shapes.
    b. values
    c. edges

    At this point all I think that is needed is double checking things at the end in a quality control pass...so to speak.

    Keep up the great work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
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    Thanks for responding. I flipped more for #2 than #3, but probably not as often as I should have. It's not an automatic thing for me but I'll try to remember that.

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    I went back to the obligatory 1 hour. Much better for not obsessing over details. I wanted to do another landscape and I noticed the rthym of the foreground trees and also the variety of the few species of trees. The composition is mainly 2 directions, the hill going upward from left to right, and the mountains pointing upward. I actually looked at all this BEFORE I painted it this time.

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