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Comment by Jon Main on December 19, 2016 at 7:30

Thanks, Michael - that could be interesting

-with oils I stopped using Liquin (both normal (to speed drying) and impasto gel) because it ruined my brushes (some people say they don't have that problem),

I can see a range of acrylic mediums and  know I can get acrylic brushes clean ok, just a case of deciding which one, I guess

Comment by Michael J. Severin on December 19, 2016 at 3:28

Maybe someone with more knowledge about acrylics than me can answer that Jon?  I have an artist friend that paints in acrylics ..  I will ask her about that.

Comment by Jon Main on December 18, 2016 at 22:24

OK, thanks, Michael - I'll try it

- I was also thinking that it is amazing how apparently thick paint dries down thin! (my paintings are large-ish of course so that dilutes the heavy paint effect) - I would like more impasto - maybe I need to get a thickening medium...

Comment by Michael J. Severin on December 18, 2016 at 10:26

It is a value problem more than a color or temp problem, Jon ... that is why you were not satisfied with your solutions.  Try to think what value is this, before you ask yourself what color is it.  So,  you can either darken the hull or lighten the sky .. whatever is easier. Anyway you choose is going to be a easy fix .. and I think you will be pleased with the results.

Comment by Jon Main on December 18, 2016 at 9:31

Hi, Michael. Wow, you sure have an eye - I don't know how you do it!! The hull was a warm gray - that didn't work - tried a cool gray - that didn't work - so I just lightened it! I guess that I didn't want backlit really - needed the guy so glide past earlier in the day!

Comment by Michael J. Severin on December 18, 2016 at 4:42

Proof reading alert ... I meant to say: if you have two planes of the same value .......etc.

Comment by Michael J. Severin on December 18, 2016 at 4:38

Hi Jon. Your boat and harbor paintings are always full of color surprises, well thought out comps, and visual music ... as well as visual poetry. I really get a sense of place and love how you capture a moment in time. In this painting, I feel a .. somewhat ... sense of light ... I think you could improve on your luminosity by correcting the value of your backlit boat hull. That value would be darker than the sky because the hull is in backlit shadow and the sky is light. When you have two planes ... especially if one is of the light and the other is of the dark, then everything seems to flatten out .... keeping the values of the light family and dark family separate, will make analyzing your values so much easier and more accurately.


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