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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.

Walid
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madmadman01 Oct 31, 2013   General Artist
i think you snuck a sphinx in there:) (Smile)
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SoldatNordsken Oct 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool observation! I didn't, but I can see where you mean :D
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shehrozeameen 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 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 Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:) Good luck, and keep pursuing the dream.
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LasseLevin 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 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 Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
+fav Nice one!
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SoldatNordsken Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, chris!
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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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