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High above Elterwater


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  • As per usual, I think both your today's postings are great. I love the way in this one we are regarding the landscape from a great height and see the river meandering through the image. The blue hill ? Just that dark cloud going over it has caused the summit to darken - I think it actually works very well.

    Posted by Sharon Van Der Veen on Wed 05 Feb 21:22:32
  • Wonderful feeling of sweeping valleys and hills. I think the painting is very nicely balanced, with the dark blue hill in the background on the right and the dark hill in the foreground left giving a good feeling of cohesion within the vastness of the scene. Very good variety in tones and shades of greys and greens. Works a treat I would say.

    Posted by Thea Cable on Wed 05 Feb 22:47:49
  • Personally I like the hill on the right and feel it balances the darker aspects on the left I grew up in the Lakes and I like the way you have shown the more real rather than chocolate box colours of the fells

    Posted by Nicola Pritchard on Wed 05 Feb 22:51:24
  • I love this as well, great vista of the hills and mountains in this part of the Lake District

    Posted by Ros Patterson on Wed 05 Feb 23:39:30
  • I agree with Nicola, the balance is lovely and as soon as I saw the colours in this I thought Wow.

    Posted by Dawn Broughton on Thu 06 Feb 09:19:47
  • Super feeling of distance in this one Jem, I think because the hill in question is blue it still recedes into the distance even though it is a little strong in tone. Interesting to hear that the professionals also doubts about their work?

    Posted by Stephen Slater on Thu 06 Feb 09:48:08
  • Interesting, this; when a painter has reached the level you're at, their work makes a statement - with which you can either agree or disagree (ie, like it or not like it) but criticism is often redundant. For instance, if that's how you saw the hill - well, that's how you saw it and should represent it. The observer has no idea of your intentions and therefore can't readily say if the colour is too strong - although it would probably be obvious if it were too weak; but then in that case you'd almost certainly have adjusted the tones elsewhere... With an amateur painting, you can often see what's 'right' or 'wrong'; their inexperience shows. But you've gone beyond that now - this, I suspect, is why we often get the 'very nice!' type of comment: beyond saying you like it or don't like it, in many cases there's not much else to be said! Oh by the way - I like it.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Thu 06 Feb 10:51:01
  • My eye has wandered (and wondered) through this, from side to side, top to bottom, zig-zagging inward and onward... And I can find no fault. Your dark hill could easily be the result of a fleeting cloud shadow.

    Posted by Kim Sommerschield on Fri 07 Feb 10:55:26
  • Have just come across this Jem. Lovely painting. Funny how we see things we don't like in our own paintings that others don't. I agree with others who have commented here - the blue hill counterbalances the darks on the left.I'll happily take a seat right here and enjoy the view. Well done.

    Posted by Michael Trask on Fri 16 Jan 14:06:36
  • Like you, I always see the errors or unsatisfactory bits of my paintings. But it is rare for others to see them. Are we to critical of our own? Answer, I think, is yes. To me your painting is beautiful. Perhaps the blue hill is a little too dark as the further away the hill is, the paler it gets

    Posted by Chris Howat on Sat 12 Dec 17:34:16