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Comment by Jon Main on October 14, 2016 at 5:19
Nice analysis - thanks, Carles. Sounds like a good plan - i'll subdue it.
Comment by Charles Post on October 14, 2016 at 2:36

Your use of perspective tells the viewer the street is coming down a hill then up to the action in the foreground. Not an easy trick to pull off but you have done it.  I don't think secondary focal point is need because you have described the terrain so well.  I would take artistic license with the hillside and not be bound by local color.  For example, lighten the values and use the blue-green in the sign about the car on the right with touches of the yellow in the foreground street (looks like naples yellow or ochre).

But you did a great job with a difficult scene and I don't want this minor suggestion to take away from what you achieved. 


Comment by Jon Main on October 14, 2016 at 1:29

Hi, Charles - thanks!

About the green bit - the sun is hitting back there (the sun is setting to our left) - I kept if because I thought it gave a sort of secondary focal point for the eye to go to - maybe it's not described well-enough!? - yeah, probably not - I need to suggest trees on a hillside!!! OK, ta!

Comment by Charles Post on October 13, 2016 at 14:59

excellent use of perspective.  like the use of limited color palette and use of values to define shapes and lead the eye thru the scene.  did you consider other colors and values for the yellow-green background?  it stands alone in the scene.

Comment by Jon Main on October 13, 2016 at 0:41

That sounds like very nice holidays, Tone - two very different expériences. Thanks - my hols were excellent!

Yeah, I very much like to try several versions of a subject... I would like to see how it looks  much softer, moodier, darker, not much color - it's always good to have projects on the back burner in case you run out of inspiration!

Comment by Tone Larsen on October 12, 2016 at 22:16

Hi, Jon. Yes, back from Greece and from norwegian mountains. Looking forward to the autumn with lots of painting and drawing. I do like the colours in your painting, I do not find them glaring at all, I see it as a good contast between dark and light, which give the good depth in the painting. And I love the dance from the orange in the back to the read spots dragging you down the hill. But if you try another one, it will be interesting to see the difference. By the way, welcome back from your vacation:-)

Comment by Jon Main on October 11, 2016 at 6:24
Hi, Tone - you back from vacation? Thanks a lot, the idea was to paint fast and loose with subdued color - I forget the last one! The composition does seem quite interesting - maybe I should do another version... Cheers
Comment by Tone Larsen on October 10, 2016 at 22:35
I love this one. It has a great deapth. I can travel and travel inside the picture.
Comment by Jon Main on October 10, 2016 at 0:22
Hi, Candi - OK, thanks - I'll check that out!
Comment by Candi Hogan on October 9, 2016 at 8:43

Looks good Jon, interesting subject, great cars! Think your perspective on the woman on bike is off though...too large.


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