Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I shouldn't have peeked!!!


I tell myself this morning, "Don't look at the other paintings this morning because you know you're gonna be intimidated instead on inspired at this juncture of the challenge".

So I just went to the DSFDF blog just to see if there were any comments to her post regarding photographing a dark scene. Lo and behold, several generous and kind professional and experienced experts gave wonderful tips on doing just that. This artist community is so generous and has a huge heart! Thank you for always taking the time to help us newbies.

I've stopped trying. I am not happy with the painting but I am happy that I decided to finish and submit despite my reservations.


Fellow DSFDF , I know the composition experiment fell flat. The paint is over worked [it is my forth attempt ] and I would give it a C- this time. I did learn that I need to paint more buildings and night scenes!!! I hope you are having a great day, thanks for stopping by.

18 comments:

adebanji said...

Now, don't shoot yourself- YOU had the confidence to take part and you've taken part! Some would never attempt it, if it wasn't thier thing. KEEP IT UP!

Sometimes it is good not to think of it as a night scene but a composition in dark blues and dark purples. That really helps- Because it's all in the mind!

artbyakiko said...

Sheila, I like your Hiroshige-style composition. Great sky!!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Persistence pays, Sheila. You've got plenty of that AND a stellar attitude!! You're doing great!!

r garriott said...

Hi Sheila,
Thanks for your nice comment on the work in progress-- today I posted the final painting.

I have to admit I had to avert my eyes when I saw your Jefferson Memorial, only because I just started mine today! Like you, I am trying not to peek at the others-- but I will look after I finish mine.

R

Maggie Mayer said...

Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.

This latest challenge of Karin's isn't an easy one and I think you've handled it well. I guess I'm a little nervous about starting it.

Edward Burton said...

Hi Sheila, don't be so hard on yourself - I completely agree with what Diane Hoeptner said and besides, I love the life you've given the sky, it's beautiful!

Dean H. said...

I must agree with the others. You were brave enough to take part in spite of reservations...night scenes may turn out to be one of your favorite subjects...you weren't afraid to use color...the sky is great with all the movement...Good job, Sheila!

Art with Liz said...

Hey Sheila I too think you did really well to even attempt this damned hard painting. My excuse was that I'm not American, but let's face it, it was just an excuse. Well done!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Your painting is wonderful, the sky is particularly interesting with lots of brushstrokes. Sheila, looking at all the beautiful postings of this painting make me wish I would have peeked!

Jerry Points said...

Sheila...thanks for the comments on the painting. It was a tough one. Architecture is always difficult in paintings, especially this one where the structure is so classic and perfectly proportioned. Great sky, good brush work and color. My main suggestional would be to keep the building and foreground less detailed.

Erika Nelson said...

I think a few months down this year, you won't look on this painting as unfavorably at all. The composition is unique and creative!

Tom Pohlman said...

I'm with Jerry on this one- I guarantee everyone struggled with all of those little pillars and the symmetry of the dome, not to mention the tiny light sources and what do you do with all of that flat sky??? I like the moodiness of your sky and the fact that you didn't quit. I have to say- if the next challenge involves any kind of combination of plaid and water- Im OUT!!! :>)

ria said...

I have to agree also on your sky Shiela. It's excellent. . full of feeling. The composition works really well also.

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

I think your painting is fabulous... this was my first time too... I was just thrilled to be included... I thought she'd say it was lost in the mail LOL...
Thanks for dropping by my blog too.

Marilyn M. King said...

One of the main things this exercise was to accomplish was to help us study the different values in a nocturnal scene. You've done a great job of doing that and it is not easy. Don't worry about having a masterpiece each time. Even the most famous of painters fail to hit it the way they desire every time. :o)

Beth said...

thank you for stopping by my blog. The process is always so fascinating to me. I think you did a great job with this. keep up the good work!

Kristen said...

I finally posted mine!! Thanks for the posts..it took me a few days to get into it. You did a great job. I cant wait till this Wed. challenge!

cupofjoeartshow said...

Hi Shiela. Thanks for visiting my blog! I shouldn't have peeked either at what other people submitted. It IS intimidating. But, live and learn, right? And it's great to hear encouragement from each other, too. So, submit away whether you're happy with it or not. I think you did a fabulous job. Glad you liked the birdhouse painting. At least someone did! hahaha.