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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Beautiful sweeping landscape! The colors remind me of the Hudson river school.
i think you snuck a sphinx in there
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.
it's real fun. wish to start with oils too, but it's quite smelly in a small room...
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.
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 ! )
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.
This is so beautiful! The colours, the lines, the intricate detail throughout the piece. Just jaw-dropping!
Great use of colour throughout the painting
This is... Ah! No words!
Been missing your art, bro! I can tell you had a tough time with the clouds. Did you use a lot of black?
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!
It looks great on DA - so I know it looks better in real life!
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.
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.
Lovely color variation!
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.
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
Oh, forgot one thing: this is definitely going to my favourites.
Another master piece i would hang up on my wall
Wow, you work so well with acrylics, they're so hard!
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
Good luck with oils! I quite enjoy working with those, much easier than acrylics in my opinion.
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.
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.
That's so great *_*
Amazing colours you've used here, great job!
Beautiful work! Looks like a place I'd want to visit!