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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Hillsides

I have just completed another Atelier Interactive Acrylic - hopefully in an Impressionist style! 

Like all paintings, I started out covering the canvas with Gesso, on this occasion Grey and left it to dry completely.


Being a Moorland scene and there being little in the way of focal point, I decided to put the focus on the foreground.....




When I stood back and took an objective look, I felt that the path in the foreground actually took the Viewer
OUT of the painting, so I changed it....




adding some more darks to the base of the hill on the right and then some Mist over the dark hollow in the Valley....

 the finished painting                          

 DUNKERY BEACON, EXMOOR




I've put the different stages of this painting on the Painting friends site - oh, and by the way I also added three sheep to the painting - did you see them?

(this sounds like a where's Wally......laugh)

21 comments:

  1. I love the way you have shown me the painting in its various stages of development. And the end result is super! It's making me homesick for Exmoor.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post Shammickite - nothing much changes on Exmoor that's for sure...it's waiting for your visit.

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  2. Its such an interesting observation ... i have never really thought about where the focal point leads a viewer! I like the hint of sunshine on the distant hills ...

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    1. Hi Seema, and thanks. There are so many things to consider when doing a painting.

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  3. I enjoyed watching it develop, and I like the finished painting.

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    1. Thank you very much Balaji.

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  4. I enjoyed the progress of the painting, and I like the result! You've joined PF? I have not been there for a while, maybe I'll have a look.

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    1. Thanks Judy, glad you liked the progress pictures. Yes, only recently joined PF, still finding my way around it, but they are a nice group, very encouraging and interesting posts. I should put reference to them on my sidebar, I need to look into that.

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  5. the colors are beautiful! great work and nice to see it in progress too :)

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  6. Sometimes I wish I thought like an artist! Focal points evade me. Leading the viewer escapes me. But oh my goodness...YOU my friend...have got it DOWN! (In the Valley with the sheep)!

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    1. Yay! you found them - well done Annie!

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  7. I can see the sheep Ann , how funny...they really gives a depth and distance to the painting, really wonderful!

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  8. I see them! I see them! Okay, do I get a prize? (Lovely painting!)

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    1. Thanks Robin! - Brilliant, you found the sheep - I can sense your excitement - sadly no prize this time though:(

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  9. WOW! i totally LOVE your painting! the texture, and your color palette are wonderful! i also enjoyed seeing the stages of your work... & the 3 tiny sheep in the distance too! :D

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    1. Thanks Diane - glad you enjoyed the stages of the painting...and congrats' you found the sheep as well:)

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  10. Hi,Impressionist Ann,
    Weldone! You've got to teach me how to paint landscape in person.
    Cheers,Sadami

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    1. Hi Sadami...had to laugh at being called Impressionist Ann, but you're right, that is me lately. Thanks:)

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