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The Sunset Mists by SoldatNordsken The Sunset Mists by SoldatNordsken
Finished my first acrylic landscape: The Sunset Mists - acrylics on canvas (70x50 cm). :) This was greatly inspired by Albert Bierstadt, from whom I took many elements of composition into this one. I would love to do more of these semi-studies of him, and I will start painting in oils soon to get the same effects the grand master himself could create.

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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Beautiful sweeping landscape! The colors remind me of the Hudson river school.
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!! Yes I am greatly inspired by those painters. :)
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
i think you snuck a sphinx in there:) (Smile)
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool observation! I didn't, but I can see where you mean :D
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the effects made in this painting. Not bad. Seems that you're on the first step towards self improvement in painting with oil and acryllic. Looking forward to more from you.
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it's real fun. wish to start with oils too, but it's quite smelly in a small room...
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:) Good luck, and keep pursuing the dream.
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LasseLevin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It seems that you took the whole composition from a Bierstadt painting which makes this seem more like a study with some personal changes, nothing wrong with that but you could at least mention it, I see a lot of people giving you credit for the composition here for which you're not entirely entitled to. Frankly this seems like a particularly lazy study, I know it's tempting to simply go on your own way when you're having trouble reproducing the original dimensions and colors. Probably because of that the lighting doesn't make sense to me, the top red cliffs give the impression that it's very late sunset yet the cliffs around the center give the impression of evening / late afternoon, and I don't know if the cliff to the left is supposed to reflect the light of the rest of the scene but it doesn't look like that, it's just too saturated and the shadowy areas should be the same color as are the shadowy areas of the cliffs when going further to the left. And the cliffs at the center shouldn't have such contrast with the shadowy corners of the cliffs, they should be much closer to the highlight color. 
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're correct. This is inspired by a Bierstadt painting, and it's my favorite painter. If it bothered you that I took compositional aspects of his painting without giving him credit, I will credit that for sure. For the critique - thanks for that! This is my first painting with acrylics (i've done very little painting on canvas before), so my color blending not good and I only hope I one day can make things as realistic as possible. I would love to start working with oils instead, to fix errors like the ones you pointed out, and do good glazes - which I really can't do well with acrylics on canvas (at least I don't know how!). There is a difference between knowing what is wrong, and actually being able to execute it - which is the case here. 

Thanks again for the critique! (I've updated the description too to credit our inspiring master :)! )
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Balaskas Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
+fav Nice one!
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, chris!
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unveilpure Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
the contrast of light/tones, experimental use of colour, depths of view, composition of the lake and mountains, is all of mastery level. well done sir, particularly like how you did the clouds going round the mountain.
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i thank you! :)
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KahlanAmnell123 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
This is so beautiful! The colours, the lines, the intricate detail throughout the piece. Just jaw-dropping! :)
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
much obliged :)
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Aaron-Bennett Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great use of colour throughout the painting
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, koriryu!
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Aaron-Bennett Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem
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Koriryu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Writer
:O This is... Ah! No words! :D
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D glad you like it!
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Nice!
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Been missing your art, bro! I can tell you had a tough time with the clouds. Did you use a lot of black?
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh yes. the mists and clouds! I found them very hard to paint with acrylics. I also tried to emulate them as not being in the sun, so they had a lot of shadows in them. It looks much better in real life however! 
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SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It looks great on DA - so I know it looks better in real life!
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yes! But do you have any tips for me in regards to clouds/mists? I'm really wanting to switch over to oils for better blending and washing techniques, as acrylics dry so incredibly fast. 
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SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good thing about acrylic paint is that you can use it for your underpainting and texture. I would go over the mist/cloud area that you don't like with some acrylic yellow ocher or the color you used for your initial wash, let it dry then use the same brushes that you created your clouds & mist with the acrylic paint, and dry brush them in with a mixed lavender oil paint at a full range of hues. But I wouldn't use a lot of black to shade the darker areas, maybe use burnt umber or burnt sienna to shade & yellow ocher to tint. You'll have to premix your paint instead of mixing it on the canvas. I'd mix yellow ocher with titanium white & lavender with titanium white for your highlights. I wouldn't use a fast dry medium until you're happy with the results. You could even do a wet-on-dry impasto. I hope this helps. I know went on-and-on...sorry.
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KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Lovely color variation!
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a bunch :)
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Siipisimppu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great painting, I find it very sad how realistic pictures aren't so popular nowdays. I really do think there's something wrong with the waterfall, and although the narrow yellow clouds are OK, I myself would have faded their lines a tiny bit more with a lighter shade of yellow. Leaving those little details aside, this is an amazing work of art, I'd say its near perfection. Or one of my impressions of perfection.
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the critique! I agree when talking about the waterfall, I repainted that quite a few times, but in the end I stuck with this. Regarding clouds and mists: doing them with acrylics is so hard I feel, muuuuch much much easier with oils since they blend very nicely. Acrylics dry so very quickly that it's hard to make soft transitions. But I agree with you there as well!

Thank you for the compliments :)
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Siipisimppu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, forgot one thing: this is definitely going to my favourites.
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Morodine Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another master piece i would hang up on my wall :)
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the kind words! :)
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RachelFrasier Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you work so well with acrylics, they're so hard! 
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, rachel! ya, acrylics are quite hard to blend in a painting. considering transferring over to oils actually. but need to finish these paints i've already bought :)
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RachelFrasier Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck with oils! I quite enjoy working with those, much easier than acrylics in my opinion. 
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
and the shine is amazing. and the blend! acrylics dry soooo fast. but i bought like.. 7x500 ml tubes of acrylic paint (DOH!).. so now i have to use them up haha.
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RachelFrasier Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I can't wait to see what you do with them. You should do a walkthrough/tutorial on how you use them, that would very helpful for someone like me, whose still trying to learn how to make them work well. 
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you mean the acrylics? or oil? (i'm guessing you mean acrylics!)
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RachelFrasier Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yes, I meant the acrylics =) 
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DragonDeamon88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so great *_*
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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DragonDeamon88 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ;)
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ChrisDonnell Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing colours you've used here, great job! 
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you chris! :D
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AriellaMay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Beautiful work! Looks like a place I'd want to visit! :)
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SoldatNordsken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i would too! :D thank you 
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AriellaMay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
You're welcome!!
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