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04-06-2011, 07:29 AM
I tried to be a little loose on this painting, which is very difficult for me, but I did want to try, I know it's not as free flow as it should be but I will keep trying....oil and knife

04-06-2011, 07:43 AM
Pat, your painting is lovely and I too wish I could get a looser painting style :D

04-06-2011, 07:43 AM
Love the colors in the trees and the water. Looks cool and refreshing. Nicely done :)

04-06-2011, 08:07 AM
Dear Pat, I would advice You to start preparing a backgrond with loose strokes and much knife use, some pre-set sticker brush too in case, as a base. It may be a funny and relaxing part, by the way. Then You should start seing something You may then carve out of the mess, on either that layer or a new upper one. It's very difficult for anyone which is not a much experienced professional, I'm neither, to get a much satisfactory painting directly.
This painting is a good starting sketch and You may probably put it on a base and re-work a little to better unify the whole.

04-06-2011, 08:28 AM
Nicely done Pat.. I like this a lot. :):)

04-06-2011, 09:13 AM
Jean, thankyou so much for your comments, I think I will make one big mess with paint and just play around with it with the knife and see what beauty comes out (thats a joke Jean):D:D:D:D:D
Noogins, so nice of you to check it out, thankyou;)
Caesar, thankyou so much for the advice, I will try again and also work on this one, will see what happens:D:D
Thankyou, dear Barney, appreciate it, have a great day;)

04-06-2011, 10:06 AM
I like how it turned out for you.

04-06-2011, 10:08 AM
Caesar, could you tell me if I have the right idea now, I have just done the background, I used the sticker preset brush Impressionist Artist and blended with knife on 40%.......thanks:)

04-06-2011, 07:47 PM
Dear Pat, You're on the right track I think.
By the way, there's a painter, Bob Davies, who's adverising his new acrylics tutorial DVDs and he put a video sample on how to paint a waterfall. It could be of some help too I think.
Anyway, if You wish to have some more experimental fun, You could try also to use another layer over the painting and test the effects of some color at various blending modes.
They're all different, but most of them may give You an harmonized painting and some freat idea and outcome.
Moreover a full black layer over, with a blend mode I just don't remember right now, would give You also a B&W versione of Your painting where You may better check the pattern of the various tones and decide if there's some change You would like to introduce.
Another trick to decide if and where to possibly enhance a painting is to turn it at 90 or 180 and see if it seems to work as well as an abstract.
Finally (but for Your next ones I think), I found often beneficial to start with a scheme of few appropriate colors. You may try to keep Your palette within the "poligonal figure" created by them as vertices and their mixes (at various tonal levels though, since the real blending here works, but You don't get the darker tones You would needas with real complementary pigments may happen.
All these nice rules (and others) I learned from the masters and the books, are good helps, but I confess I'm often a little lazy using them, and this keeps me often away from getting artpieces...

04-06-2011, 09:38 PM
I really like the background on the second image and the colors are beautiful! :)

04-07-2011, 04:51 AM
Thankyou so much Deb, appreciate your comments:)
Caesar, I have printed out your advise and will try a few things out, I really appreciate you taking the time to give me this advise and will check out the artist Bob Davies, thankyou so much Caesar, have a wonderful day and happy painting.........Pat

04-07-2011, 06:05 AM
Dear Pat, You're welcome. Just some more possible help:

the herebelow link to Bob Davies acrylics video tutoria (one is about a waterfall): http://www.acrylicpaintingsecrets.com/videos.html
always decide first where the light comes from (thus where highlights and shadows would be found; where direct light comes and where only undirect light reflexes only comes)
light from the light source provides some of that color where it impinges
weaker reflexes from the sky color on upward looking surfaces
reflexes from ground color on downward lookin surfaces
water reflects both the sky and what is along the shore
shadows have some of the sky color in with darker tones, a darker base color and some of its complementaly (all mixed together)

Look also for Virtual Academy on the Web which gives very good and practical advices.
Try some experiments (paint or just look to some painting or picture) observing very few of this rules each time (not all together and get lost) so that they may progressively become a second nature to You, but keep lot of fun, use spontaneous and loose strokes, paint just what You really like!

04-07-2011, 06:42 AM
splendid Pat. always enjoy your paintings.

04-07-2011, 07:06 AM
Caesar, thankyou again, I will print this out and keep it always at hand, very good advice you have shared and you have said have fun and that is important because when it becomes a chore, it is not fun anymore:D:D
Gzairborne, thankyou so much, what a nice thing to say:)