Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Acrylic on 5x7 archival canvas panel.
This is practically a nocturnal. The first glimpse of dawn.
Thought I would run something different by ya and see what you think. I may go back in and lighten this scene considerably. I was a little surprised at how dark it was when I saw it on the moniter. It's still so freshly done that my mind hasn't stepped back to weigh whether I like it or not. Let me know what you think. I appreciate honest critique.
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  1. I really admire a good nocturne, to me it's such a challenge to play things so dark and subtle, and this one's beautiful. I wouldn't lighten it, really- the trees seem so right against the sunrise just as you have it.

  2. Hi, Kellie! Thanks for stopping in and taking time to comment. Thanks for vindicating my decisions in this painting.
    I tend to like it close up, but am more critical in my judgement at about five feet away (it seems to lose the details and color so quickly).
    I checked out your blog. I am impressed with the quality of your artwork!

  3. I like it a lot Dean. I would not go any lighter. Then the sky might not pop as well. Love the left side. Also like how the trees are not all the same size. That helps with the great sense of depth that it has.
    The only thing that bothers me a little, and very little, is how the lake curves on the right foreground. It seems a little cramped by the edge. You should leave it how it is though.

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  5. Hi Frank...
    Thanks for looking and your thoughtful comments. I'm sure that you are aware of how valuable an educated unbiased opinion is! I appreciate it.

  6. i love a well-done pine-tree setting. These and the color of both they and the skys are true to the time of day in shading as well as color. Perhaps it is only the lake i've seen at night, but i have never seen the brighter color displayed in the upper-most lake. Perhaps i simply like animals too much but think it would be lovely if it inclued some of the wildlife that are present in these settings in the early mornings (like racoons, possums, even birds if the minute detail necessity doesn't annoy your patience level).

  7. Thank you for your comment, Marie!
    Unfortunately, This painting is so small adding wildlife would be really difficult for me.


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