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A Walk in the Woods by mynti A Walk in the Woods by mynti
Professional acrylics on 11"x14" stretched and primed canvas
12 hours
Mostly from memory, life, and some photos of birch trees I took long ago...
I need a better camera. Anyone got an old dSLR for cheap?

WIP: [link]

I always like such light, probably why I'm drawn to paint a similar scene over and over... because these moments in the woods are what I enjoy the most about my walks with my mother. (Besides our scintillating conversations, of course.)

Personal work for sale at my upcoming exhibition this Thursday at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA. If you are in the area, note me and stop by! Show lasts til June 18th.
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:iconmemod:
Beautiful work, Gracie :aww: You did a really great job with the light and the colours. The scene feels very lush and fresh, and very inviting at that. I think what I like best, is how you indicated all these little details by just placing sharp dots here and there and letting us put together the leaves ourselves. And the lighting and texture on the birch are gorgeous :nod:
What I miss, however, is a focal point of some sort. The scene is wonderful, but my eye wanders around a bit aimlessly. Be it a character, or something in the landscape itself, I would love to see a payoff :nod:
I think you might also want to try some more low branches or leaves on the trees. The one in the left forground does that nicely, but all the other ones come out rather clean from the ground and thus appear a tad too much like strokes against the background. And I'm not saying to put a bush around every single tree, but it would be nice if you broke up that transition on some of them :nod: Same goes for the lit patch on the ground... I like it, but I think it would be easier on the eye and its impact would be stronger, if there were some darker spots in it. Plus it seems unlikely that in a wood you would get such a large and uninterrupted patch of light. You could try some roots for example, or some 'steps' in the ground. That would immediately give you the chance to place some shadows and use them to further guide the eye :nod:
In any case, I really like this, and it's nice to see a more finished piece from you again! :heart:

Cute rabbit, by the way :giggle:

Daniel
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist
:salute: :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
:giggle:
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Fantastic piece...
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mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Your welcome...
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calisto-lynn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautifull work!!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful work!! I love the speckled sunlight...you've really achieved that filtered light feeling!! :winner:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Thank you so much, it was the secret exercise of this painting!
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Smaragdia Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i want to walk in there :D
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Me too... :D
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Puddum Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I'd like to walk in a forest like this. (And to be able to paint one like it, lol!) The colors and the quality of the light... it makes the whole thing look downright ethereal!
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mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Thank you, I'm glad you like the light, it's not easy... :D
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tehuti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous peaceful colors and scenery. :)
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional
Thank you so much! :love:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How very lovely ~ beautiful work! :rose::deviation::rose: Coco
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mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional
Thanks so much! :love:
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kayandjay100 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! :hug: Coco
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Beautiful!
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mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Really lovely, especially the diffused shafts of light, which are so difficult to handle properly and with flair.

:)
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mynti Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional
Katie, as always, I cherish your opinion. How is it with you these days? I have been so busy trying to make ends meet I haven't been on much.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am doing great. I have a show to get ready for where 5 of my paintings were accepted :) I am working on my first serious oils.

Do you have Facebook?
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mynti Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional
I avoid facebook...

Congrats on the show! I am in a show too, I sold two small works in acrylic so far... :aww:
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! :heart: What is the theme of the show?

The show I am participating is in California, the theme is Asian Influences.

Shawn aka `wroth designed and built my website, it was launched on the first day of this year.

I am still stoked about it because I have wanted a website for so long, and he did such an amazing job with it. The website has helped me a lot with the promotion of my work :nod:
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mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional
This show does not have a theme, it is open topic.

I like your site, although I must admit, I'd like to see a next and previous option on the gallery images so you can go through the whole thing. Having to click back each time takes more time away from looking at your work. Also a print link might boost your print sales more.

Hope you enjoy success at the show - and beyond... thanks for the comment, I love hearing from you!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for viewing my site!

Shawn and I had talked about next and back options when viewing my images in full size, and it's a feature we might implement along with a "press" section under "In Studio".

The purpose of this site is more aimed towards galleries, therefore I place more emphasis on showcasing my portfolio rather than selling prints. Shawn had wanted to add this feature though, and I don't see any harm in doing so at a later date when my work becomes more established.
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mynti Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional
I am considering galleries too but I am unsure if I could commit to a similar genre of work... I am too broad in my tastes to limit myself in this way...

Right now I am doing exhibitions and shows in local art communities, restaurants, and public events like fairs and festivals. I figure this will gain me some exposure and experience before I just dive into a gallery contract.

What do you think? I think I need some classes before I submit to galleries, honestly. I feel my work is not up to par just yet.
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VFrance Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, scene. Are you a children's book illustrator? Just curious. This looks like many place I visit on my paths.
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional
No, but I would love to be one someday. Right now I am a commission artist. Do you live in the northeast US? If so, that's probably why.
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VFrance Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I do not live in the the northeast, I live in Wisconsin, but it's looks like that here, only prettier. ( just joking =)
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valeka Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great light! So natural!
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Numbe-Del-Cielo Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work! I love the colors and use of shadows plus the canvas adds a nice textured look to it :D :heart:
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Elizelda Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
The balance of light and dark tones is really nice in this piece, really makes the sunlight luminous, the shadows dark.
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Calaymo Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
really beautiful work dear!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional
Thanks so much sweetheart!
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Calaymo Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
welcome!
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Ileina Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful colors!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
Thank you so much! :love: They look even better in person! It is a shame what the camera butchers out! :faint:
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nathie Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! :love:
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mynti Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
Coming from you, it always means something! :glomp:
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nathie Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aww. :love:
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wyldhoney Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Simply astounding, as always. :worship:
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mynti Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
:love:
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funkstoerung Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
wow!... just wow. the best painting I've seen so far! :wow: :heart:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional
You need to get out more! But I'm flattered. :blush:
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funkstoerung Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
that painting has so much deepness!
because of the dark and light areas and
and I love how the light comes in
and the calming colors of course
and completely everything :D :heart:
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mynti Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional
:love: Thanks, I learned depth from `memod.
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funkstoerung Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I see, he's also an amazing artist! (:
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mist-weave Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Long time no see...
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