Sil­vana M Al­bano

Snack by the Sea, oil on board, 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10")

International Artist - - Oil Demonstration -

Great to see you play­ing with the scene, Sil­vana. The beach and sky it­self are quite be­liev­able; how­ever, you’ve placed the hori­zon too high, which is throw­ing ev­ery­thing out of kil­ter. I’ve al­tered it in Pho­to­shop so you can see the dif­fer­ence.

An­other few things I al­tered were to re­move the seag­ulls, which were too large for their po­si­tions on the beach and also to change the shape of the shad­ows in the right-hand track be­cause they were mak­ing a 1, 2, 3, 4 pat­tern of equal size and spac­ing. The hori­zon is now flat, which is al­ways im­por­tant in paint­ing the ocean like this. While I was fid­dling with your paint­ing, I also dark­ened the tree and ex­tended it to the left so it wasn’t in line with the edge of the build­ing any­more. The fi­nal touch was glaz­ing a soft shadow across the fore­ground to see how that looked.

So there are a few ideas for you. There’s plenty of good work in your paint­ing—the colour is good, if a lit­tle muddy in places where you’ve let the cools mix with the warms in the halftones (be­tween light and shadow). Your brush­work is var­ied and in­ter­est­ing, cre­at­ing that rough tus­sock tex­ture nicely. Your draw­ing, apart from the hori­zon level, is very good. Keep up the good work!

Al­tered Photo

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