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03-24-2010, 08:11 PM
I wish I could take full credit for the idea of this painting but the original idea came from an artist (I can't remember his name... I will try to find it) who did a similar painting in acrylic and I was fascinated by it. It never ceases to amaze me the simple power that color and value can bestow!

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03-24-2010, 10:26 PM
Beautiful painting Sketch, very moody I like it very much:)

03-24-2010, 11:05 PM
I agree, very moody, calm before the storm-absolutely beautiful Eddie!:)

03-24-2010, 11:23 PM
Extremely, well done, I really like it.

03-25-2010, 01:25 AM
Nice work Eddie!

I'm working my way through a book on color theory that says a splash of bright color in a large area of neutral color creates the most drama in a painting. Kinda goes against my normal approach, but this painting of yours seems to prove it out!

I also like the brushwork in the bales of wheat!


03-25-2010, 02:39 AM
That is absolutely great! So simple, yet extremely powerful. Well done!:):)

03-25-2010, 02:58 AM
I like it very much....

03-25-2010, 06:01 AM
Thank you Katie!
Thanks Sandra! I love dramatic skyscapes!
Thank you Paul!
Thanks Al! I know exactly what you mean... It doesn't seem like it would work but it does. I may explore this effect a little further. I think that part of the reason this works is that the eye doesn't migrate to the brilliant color like it normally would because the contrast in value of the sky is just as brilliant but void of color... it balances it out.
Thanks Barnburner! This looks like it could be a place in your neck of the woods!
Thank you Kenmo!

03-25-2010, 07:16 AM
Very impressive, Sketch....interesting how in certain situations contrast works in paintings.

Peter Pinckney
03-25-2010, 07:30 AM
Absolutely brilliant Sketch!!!!


03-25-2010, 08:18 AM
Very effective contrast Sketch. Color and value in its best.:)

03-25-2010, 10:28 AM
Amazing Sketch:):)

03-25-2010, 02:41 PM
Wonderful painting, it is the kind of painting one can sit and think about what is happening in the scene, or it draws you in and takes you to a place to contemplate ones own thoughts (hope that make sense :o)

03-25-2010, 04:44 PM
Yes, it is a great effect! Very nice.

Mairzie Dotes
03-26-2010, 02:42 AM
Contemplative, reflective and quite touching in so many ways. This
beautifully painted piece could reflect various emotions and when
viewing "Enlighten" I immediately thought of the lyrics from the musical,
"Annie." The art work is truly impressive! :)

~Tomorrow ~

The sun will come out, tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomrrow, there'll be sun
Just thinking about, tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow,
'Til there's none.

When I'm stuck with the day, that's grey and lonely,
I just stick out my chin and grin and say,

Oh, The sun will come out, tomorrow
So you gotta hang on 'til tomorrow,
Come what may,
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I luv ya, tomorrow
You're always a day away :)


03-26-2010, 04:31 AM
I love this very well done Sketchism

03-26-2010, 10:26 PM
Oh, whenever I see a posting of yours, I head straight for it and I've never been disappointed once! This is really striking, Sketch! It's interesting to see how the dark neutral tones above enhances the colorful tones below. So, glad you've shared this with us. Makes one take a step back when they paint their next painting and rethink this color theory...at least it does for me!