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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From Point A to Point B

Improvements

After the first of the year, many of us are thinking about making improvements in our lives.

A lot of that going on here in Kentucky.

I'm working on improving how I look,
how my house looks,
and how my art looks.

I did a painting from a photograph I took years ago at General Butler State Park,
here in Carroll County, KY.

I was never happy with it.

This is where I started.

Not enough definition,
not enough highlights and shadows,
just not enough.

So after my online pet painting lesson I pulled it out and made some changes.

 Toned down the background undergrowth,
livened up the left side of all trees,
Deepened the right side of all trees,
Added me highlights and shadows to the main trunks,
Added more twigs and branches in the undergrowth.

And I'm happy.

Walk With the General
20" X 16" unframed acrylic on stretched canvas
$200 + $20 shipping 

6 comments:

  1. Nice! that center tree really pops now.

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  2. Thank so much Cathy. Something in the pet class let me know how to fix this. How weird is that.

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  3. Nice improvements, much richer now.

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  4. thanks Barb. Amazing how we learn something from painting animals that triggers something on a landscape. Appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  5. Yes, definite growth from A to B, what fun! And how interesting that a class on animals has informed your landscape work!

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  6. I guess it just proves it's all a learning experience and it applies everywhere. Thanks Meredith.

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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows. I work almost daily trying to improve my art and all that entails. I try to learn all I can from others and from the earth itself by being aware of all God has created and its beauty. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com. You can also purchase through my website www.finenatureartbyslgraves.com and sometimes I'm smart enough to add a buy now button to this page. Let me know if you have any problems navigating this blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. You can view my etsy shop at finenatureart.etsy.com