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I like the use of color in the foreground. The work that I've seen of yours features color that is more on the muted side. While I understand that mood plays an important role in your painting from reading your profile, I would expect to see more of a range of color in your work reflecting your mood at the time of the painting. I'm an artist too but don't paint as frequently as you, but I also appreciate landscapes and I'm glad you're focusing on them. I'd personally like to see a little more punch with color, I like the sky and background but would like to see some more emphasis on the foreground. Take or leave my comments, I appreciate feedback on my work myself. On a final note, I'd love to see a few of your Texas landscapes on a more exaggerated horizontal scale, such as 8"h x 24" wide... just a thought. Keep up the good work, keep challenging yourself and enjoying the creative process!
I always appreciate comments of my work. Every time I pick up a brush I am humbled. I realize my abilities and my limitations. I try to push my bounds as my comfort level in the process increases. I often paint subdued color because for one reason... I see so much exaggerated color by many painters today that just accentuates bad composition, values and drawing, and I fear falling into that category. I might try a few of those exaggerated horizontal compositions soon. Thanks
I get the idea, there are so many artists out there copying each other due to the internet, which is great for the personal side of people learning art, but bad for the business of selling art at the same time. I've also been exploring ways to differentiate my work from others as you tend to paint what you're looking at .. if you're art hopping on the internet, you often catch yourself trying to replicate someone else's style. (At least I find myself doing that) Maybe what I was getting at now that I reflect on my previous comment wasn't so much a color thing as a contrast thing .. anyhow, glad to hear you're eager to make a living at art while separating yourself those who copy other artists. Take care.
I often do the same thing, that is find myself learning style and technique from everything I see that I like. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion, If I was capable of taking workshops from these artists they would show first hand how they do what they do and direct me toward the same techniques. The trick is to take everything from everywhere that appeals to you, bundle it all into one and make it your own. Practice, practice, practice. The glazing techniques of the masters and the color of the impressionists, studied and emmulated by thousands on a daily basis. I still have a 1982 issue of Southwest art magazine with a feature article on Oleg Stavrosky titled.... "the 10 artists I steal from". The one that really caught my attention then and now was his quote about the late and great James Reynolds. "What do I steal from James? Everything within the 4 corners of the canvas." Stavrosky is obviously one of the truly great painters of our day and not afraid to admit to his thievery. Continually searching for new ways to do things is what makes painting so much fun for me. Thanks again for your comments.David
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