Saturday, January 26, 2008

Misty Morn

Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel.
I have mixed feelings about this painting. At the moment, I feel there's room for a ton of improvement. Yet on the other hand, I feel it's completely successful....I think it needs to be understated and a monochromatic blue in order to put the mist across...I have seen similar scenes in person and I'm always taken by the mystical a deer will suddenly appear as if by magic and you have to blink to make sure your eyes aren't playing tricks on you...your heart pounds...there's a definite excitement. Maybe that's where I feel a little let down....there's a lack of excitement in the painting.
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  1. I like it. It does feel like the deer appeared out of the mist like they do.

  2. Hi Dean,
    I like it, too, just the way it is, lovely! I just read from David Liefel's book that you can make an object appear lighter by just lightening the background area around it, like a halo. Let me know if you try it on this or another painting. If the painting is dry, you can always try it and wipe it off if you don't. A trick I use is to lay acetate over a painting and paint on that. Great way to try a really drastic change. Robert Bateman uses a roller and thinned white paint rolls a "fog, mist, snow)over the painting then goes back in and brings out necessary details. Works to knock back a too-prominent area in a background, too.


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