Late for Church

Late for Church

A nice balance of light and shade and a good perspective Brian. The figures give it a sense of life and it all works fine for me.

This is excellent Brian, some great shadows anchor the whole piece.

Very well painted. Recalls beautifully some of the olde world narrow streets of Montmartre, been there a few times (not often enough).

Great first effort Brian good composition and excellent use of darks to produce your sunlight.

Thank you very much Jim, Alan and Lewis for the more than encouraging comments and details. Appreciated gents. Pleased the figures are pulling their weight, Jim, the last ones to church on this fine morning. Thanks for the nod to the shadows, Alan. (and Jim) I've never been to the Montmartre district, Lewis, but it's on my list. Best to all Brian

Thanks a lot, Barry, for the critique. The background edges are bothering me a bit. They seem too crisp, so once this is dry I'll apply a blue-grey glaze to soften much of the rear buildings. Might also bring the sky down a touch at the same time. Much appreciated encouragement. Brian

Brilliant light and shadow. I did a painting of this scene many years ago, I had forgotten all about it.

Perspective very good and I like your light and shadows. Very impressive.

Thank you very much, Fred and Tessa, for the kind comments. Appreciated. Pleased it sparked a memory, Fred, and delighted the light and shadows worked. Thanks for letting me know. Great to see you looking at the perspective, Tessa. It's always good to get feedback on perspective from other artists, and thanks for the nod to the light and shadows. Best to both Brian

It is brilliant Brian, a great job. A fitting title too.

Thank you very much, Carole, for the kind comments. I never know, like NEVER know, how things are going when I try something new, so your words are very encouraging. Delighted you liked the title, really pleased about that because I wanted to give meaning to the empty street. Brian

That's so good Brian, your light and dark looks wonderful and the figures show just how tall the buildings are. Great perspective too! I like it very much. Fabulous work.

Thank you ever so much, Margaret, for a more than generous review. Appreciated. You've put a smile on my face today, just when I was FED UP with gardening. (now what do I do with withered cyclamens) *smile* Brian

I think it's a fabulous painting Brian. Perspective, colour, light and shadows are spot on in my opinion.

Wow! Thanks, Russell, for the wonderfully analytical comments. I'm really pleased you liked this piece and thanks very much for looking so closely. Appreciated. Brian

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This is an oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cms of the Montmartre district of Paris. It's my first full oil painting of a street scene so any and all comments/tips are welcome. I have sketched one or two, though.

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Brian J Mackay

I'm a retired FE lecturer (63), having taught Marketing and Geography to Travel & Tourism students for twenty years or so, and I DO miss it a bit. My wife, Diane, is from Kendal, where she introduced me to the Lake District fells, tarns and lakes. They have been a source of inspiration for me (and…

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