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Dog Park by mynti Dog Park by mynti
Here is my first "plein air" landscape. For the first two weeks of this painting, I went on location at Paoli Battlefield Park to paint and compose this canvas for about one hour every other day...

At the end of the two weeks, I took photos of the park from where I sat, let the painting dry, and polished up some minor things at the end using the photos I had taken. I worked on it (meaning, dabbling without really seriously painting for a long stretch) all throughout the winter and finished it early February. Because of my poor timekeeping skills on this one, I'm not sure how long it took, but I'd put it at the 10-20 hour range.

This painting may be called "Dog Park" only because most of the neighborhood walks their dogs in this park (and some of the dogs tried to eat my paint!), but also I run here at 4:30 in the morning. This place has a personal feeling of "mine" like very few places in my life, I think because I spend so many hours of my free time there. :giggle:

Anyhow it is not morning time I painted here, but just at the moment before sunset.... when the sky is still bright and happy, but in any moment you feel it will turn brilliantly bloody purple. :D

This is already shipped and sent, so I am welcoming critiques mostly to learn more for the next time I paint plein air (I have four small canvases planned for this spring).

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Medium: Windsor & Newton prof. series oils on canvas
Size: 8"x10" or 20cmx25cm
Time: unknown
Refs: mostly from life, but also from this series: [link]
And a photo of it framed: [link]
Details and info on my blog: [link]
Owner: Daniel Alekow, aka `memod

Note: If you use and care about open spaces and "undeveloped" historical memorials and parks near you, please ensure they stick around by being aware of politics in your community and speaking out if necessary. Pennsylvania has nearly lost many of its community parks, and without the insistence of its ordinary citizens, we may just have lost this park and other memorials like the Wayne War Memorial.
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:iconnirelleth:
First off, traditional art is not my specification and you do know more about it for sure, but I'd still like to give my thoughts.

I like the piece a lot, the feeling it provokes is the one of a lazy sunny afternoon, one which I just miss to much right now.

The colours are very beautiful, match well together and seem to be rather calming. The light and shading is also done very well in an accurate way I would say. The composition is well thought out, not boring, but also calm enough to keep portray that feeling.

One thing to me though it seems that the trees are lightly bent, especially the right one, which seems a little unnatural to me.

Very beautiful classic piece of work.
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:iconjustinderosa:
JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010   Photographer
awesome job
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CandyKins Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Oh my, it's lovely and peaceful. :)
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:iconcalaymo:
Calaymo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Your amazing work has been feature here --> [link]
:blowkiss:
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:iconcapelito:
Capelito Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Fantastic painting. Wonderful colors. Great!
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:iconjenna-rose:
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:sun: This is featured in my current 'Spring' journal: [link] :flowerpot:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a lovely painting :-) I like the loose feel to it and it makes me think of the Impressionists work a bit, with soft color and light. The composition is great and draws your eye into it. Well done! :clap:
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DenisuChan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
BEAUTIFUL!! *_*
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WhiteCherryTree Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Wonderful! I love light and colors!!! Painting en plein air should be amazing!:heart:
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juliexu1992 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
this is great!
i love plein air paintings as well
<3
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your image has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:

If you do not wish to be featured, let me know and I will remove it
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional
Thank you! :love:
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Ann-McLaren Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome:hug:
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FreakyBabe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
this has a ver calming feeling to it, beautiful
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional
I'm glad you like it :glomp:
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TheLionofOZ Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Fantastic piece of art work. Luv it Laura. :clap: I would not have the patience. :D
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional
I really loved painting it! :heart:
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:iconthelionofoz:
TheLionofOZ Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
That's because you're good at it, I'd have trouble with a stick man. :rofl:
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AzureKatana Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
i'm lovin the purple highlights you placed in the clouds and in parts of the trees, i feel it really adds some mood to the image. Inspiring ^_^
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you... the purple was there, the first day, in the clouds... to see it was like heaven... I watched it for 45 minutes, and painted for 15... but it was the best 15 minutes I ever spent yet, painting! :love:

You can see the first day's work at the bottom of this: [link] You can see, the sky was really all I cared about that day :giggle:
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llinderv Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I just took a second look...is that a person walking their dog in the background on the right? It looks like it...:D
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
:nod: It sure is :giggle: A person in a wide brimmed hat with a floppy eared small dog, actually... it was a lady (but it could be a man here, doesn't matter) who would walk this cute dog every day and say hello to me :giggle:
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llinderv Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, that is way cool! :highfive: I love it when there's something subtle put into pictures. It really gives depth to it, and that is really neat that you put her in there. :D
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks :D I did not call it Dog park without a reason :giggle: After all, many dogs are walked there every day :lol:
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llinderv Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, how I love canvas paintings. My grandmother used to paint all the time on canvas (we have quite a bit of her paintings up here) and this looks like something she would've done.

I just love the tiny flowers and how you managed to incorporate the lighting so smoothly in there. :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks :) I really love painting or drawing in just about any medium, but yeah, oils are one of my favorites :love:

I don't see any acrylics or oils in your gallery, why not try it out too? You might just love it :eyes:
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llinderv Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I've always thought about trying it, and wanted too (so has my mom, who has all the tools but done nothing with them :lol:) but I have absolutely no space! :faint: I suppose I should kick in some Spring Cleaning and give it a shot. Have any suggestions for a first try? ;P
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional
you don't need much space to paint... just take your paints outside when the weather is nicer. If you are a casual painter then the seasonal switch from wet to dry medium shouldn't be too big of a deal :D

A first try... try objects you can see and touch and walk around :D That's what I started with ... you can see my first major still life here: [link]

But, if you want something less "boring" (I was trained very traditionally at first, if you can't tell.. my first few years were fruity, bike drawing, flowerpot analyzing type of work :giggle:) then try acrylics outdoors with landscapes.. You learn much about color and light from landscapes as much as still lifes, and it's as good a place as any to start :heart:
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:iconllinderv:
llinderv Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
True, I could take them outside. I live in the desert, so the only bad weather is usually wind. :P

Oh, I see. It's just like drawing, where the first step is learning proportions, shading and such. :D I have tons of books on those, as I used to be a drawing "freak". Would you say sketching what you want to draw on the canvas before you paint would be a good idea?

I think starting with flowers, balls, pots, vases and etc is what I would start with. The only really 'scenic' thing here are our sunsets. They are so beautiful, and painting one would be nice I think. ;) Thanks for your tips. :hug:
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nathie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
that´s beautiful! :love:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you! :glomp:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think this looks magnificent, and such a lovely process too, that you're so involved in the subject itself. It truly shines in that aspect :heart: Gorgeous depth to the foliage, and how the light is reflected on the rocks. I'm surprised at how small this is too :nod:

Always lovely to see new work from you Gracie.
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks Katie :love: I have come to like working small, although this photo again is just not the same as the original :( I don't know, I think the photo where it's framed looks better, but then, you know me... I truly think the only way to view an oil is in person.. :faint:

Anyhow I'm always happy to hear your thoughts about what you like :glomp: I'm glad you enjoy this small lil one... it is quite close to my heart yeah :love: and comments like this keep me posting my trad stuff :D Even if it's a pain to get online :giggle:

Pardon me if I'm nonsensically rambling! I still have a touch of fever to me I think :giggle:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I hate documentations of my paintings, however a good job Keith does. They just never look the same. Moof.

I hope you recover from your fever soon <3
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional
I knows. But at least they are documented yeah :heart: And I get your point, now, about still needing to do it I guess.. I'm trying to be better about it :heart:

My fever broke down close to normal today, I'm feelin much more myself :giggle:

How is the awesome Katie today? :glomp:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome Katie is as always, painting. A client took interest in "Snowmask" a long time ago however I wanted to redo it so... I'm redoing it today ;P

What are YOU doing?
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AndyGassner Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Aww that's so pretty. :love:

I adore the colors you used, everything looks so idyllic and quaint. :blushes:
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you :love: I feel that way about this place, I think it's only natural it shows :giggle:
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BajuszGG Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
What an artwork... :faint: That's awesome :jawdrop:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you!
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Sirquo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very beautiful. I especially like the colors you used in the sky and clouds. It's a nice touch which really adds to the piece. Well done!
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you... unfortunately this painting is so difficult to photo, the colors are better in person. I'm glad you like it though! :glomp:
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Sam-Reynolds Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Fabulous colours!
It's a beautiful scene. The placement of everything is perfect.
I love the colours you've used in the clouds and the tree trunk in particular.
Excellent painting. :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you :love: Everything was deliberate, I'm glad you like it!
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
amazing beautiful work! lovely colors!
:hug:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconcalaymo:
Calaymo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
welcome sweety!
:hug:
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Figuer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
It is a great painting, Gracie.
And it clearly shows a beautiful space that must be preserved.
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mynti Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks Juan :heart: I am afraid the photos do it little justice, but I tried my best for the painting... this one has many shimmery layers though :giggle:
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