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    Four and Twenty horses

    THe Smugglers poem...I was intending to do a different scene..of the Smugglers bringing cartloads of goodies to the Inn.....On the night of a full moon...I got this sketch a bit right but its not right enough to continue, so I decided to show it as a work in progress, although I doubt if I will progress it any further,but just showing it as a failed picture really,Its not what I wanted and detaling it would take some time to do,so its a very rough idea that never got any further than this.....Jack.
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    I don't see very well , I have a smoll scren but what can I see I like it:
    particulary the contrasts on the right side and the moon, people need to be worked on no doubt. I have to confess that generaly I don't use black in oils and I have the custom but your painting is so well done that I don't dislike this somber athmosphere, It will be very pitty to not continue your painting, is realy very good allready.
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    What on earth makes you think this painting failed? Dark night scenes surely are very difficult. I think you've done well in holding back the highlights. Maybe you need to explore the different shades of gray some more and lighten up teh whole scene a little bit so that you get more room for the really dark patches again. This will allow you to build depth.

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    Dear Jack, oh, the old tease routine, now you have to finish it and tell us the tall tale

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    It looks like a great idea, but I understand how difficult it is to make very dark paintings come to life. Its your call, but it would have been interesting to see the final version.
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    Thanks for the comments people...OK I will start to detail it but its not going to be finished for quite some time because it means re-painting everything again lighter,the shadows contain very little except smudges,but I will do bits and bobs,I did a weeeeee bit today....Jack.
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    I think its great Jack, definitely worth the effort continuing and I love the subject. What about also putting some lovely blues in there to set off the window light?
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    Thanks everyone..the problem I have with overpainting is getting shades right,,, the black levels and dark greys are so near together in low light that it becomes a bit awkward to say the least, I have lightened it ,but it now looks wrong,I have put more detail in but I am not toooo happy with this and the dark one turns out black on MAC computer screens,so its dodgy ground.... If anyone is looking at this on a MAC could you let me know if this is visible to you or just black????Any feedback or suggestions on this would be appreciated.....Jack.
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    Hello Boxy, thanks for the reply... Yes I think if you show light there should be also colour and I have very little colour at the moment, perhaps I will try a bit of very gentle colouring in next ,it may get me going again,still have to be a bit careful, you dont see much colour in the darker scenes,Oh well I will have a go, its all good practice....Thanks for coming in Boxy good to see your still around....Jack.
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    Light and Dark versions...Slight colouring...I think I will call it finished because I want to get on with something else,there is lots more I could do,but I think this is enough for now anyway...I have done two versions because dark scenes are sometimes not visible on Mac Computers ( Different Black level). So I hope anyone looking in with a MAC can see at least one.....Jack.
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