"Sleepy Hollow", oil on canvas, 10x8"

Returned to the same spot to finish this one off today - another beautiful day above the clouds. I wonder if anybody down in the cloudy valley knows they're just 15 minute's drive away from getting a tan? After finishing this I found I was just happy to watch Ben paint his painting (below) and pick up the pearls of wisdom he was dropping off the end of his brush. Could have done another painting, but hey how often do you get to watch a great painter at work?

Ben Ho's yummy painting after about 3 hours.

My painting fom yesterday which I got to photograph today. (Another 10x8")

Peter Noble had a nice idea that we (''The Complete Artist'' Members) could all paint something from the same photo of the Winter Barn so I include a better photo below here for anyone who wants to give that a go. Just paint anything you like using this photo as a resource, email me the image or post it on the blog here and I'll put them all together for an online exhibition. Happy painting!

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Comment by Lorna Allan on September 20, 2010 at 20:05
Awesome painting by Ben and thanks for sharing!! And what a pleasure it must have been to paint with Ben. I love that part of the country.
Comment by Carole Russell on September 20, 2010 at 19:31
All apprecaited Richard - think this one is going in the bin - it was a bad day getting worse!
New knowledge can be a terrible burden when you first have it and can take you into a dip until you struggle through it - (purchased the mastering colour download last week) fresh week and no painting for 5 days might help when I pick the brushes back up today
Thanks for all your thoughts and for taking the time to look and critique
Comment by Richard Robinson on September 20, 2010 at 13:31
Thanks Carole. I don't think the building looks stuck on. Looks like it's built on a slope though. Gotta be really careful with the angles on buildings. The big problem that jumped out and hit me in the eye is that big space of green. You can tell you were at a bit of a loss there - unsure of what to do with it. The loose brush work, although nice in it's freedom, doesn't give me any clue to the shape of the field and it takes away from the sense of depth. To fix that you'd need more detailed observation of light and shade patterns in the foreground and hints of detail in the distance. Easy to say, harder to paint. Is it worth doing that though? As a design it doesn't seem very interesting. What might make it better is some mid ground interest like sheep. You had that idea with the fence line through the field but didn't really follow through with it. I do like the dark to light you have used in the field however - that's great - that's a key.

Another thing that hit me was the value of the light green in the trees is too high - they should/could be darker (compare them to the grass). This would add a more interesting dark/light pattern to the painting and also add prominence to the building.

Again, that's all just my opinion. All the best, Richard.
Comment by Carole Russell on September 17, 2010 at 21:09

Please ignore the building!!!!!! started really being stupid with it in the end because it was driving me mad!
Comment by Carole Russell on September 17, 2010 at 20:37

Comment by Richard Robinson on September 11, 2010 at 20:17
Just email me a photo Carole.
Comment by Carole Russell on September 11, 2010 at 20:00
I notice your building fits in nicely with the rest of the painting. I tried twice yesterday to put a small building in one of my paintings from a reference photo - whatever I do it looks stuck on and too "obvious". It was a really sunny day so the front of the building is really white so I tried dulling the value but still no luck - ---- help!
Comment by Marrie Pierrette on August 10, 2010 at 7:12
I love ..painting outdoor, day 10 Beautiful color, luminous, so on. Bravo, richard....

keep on ur good work.


Comment by Zan Barrage on June 7, 2010 at 13:01
Ouch... we just finished with the snow up here!


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