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Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)


Finally, Tee dum tee dah ! ! !
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH WET PAINT
W&N Artist's OIL ON 12 X 16 CANVAS PANEL BOARD

Still some tidying up to do but horse and rider is basically done.
To keep the focus on the subject I had not intended attempting to add
suggested detail into the background, but does it stand alone? This is my
first painting in 30 years since I put brush to canvas and I have far to go to where I left off




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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Brilliant! If I may be allowed to comment his left hand seems a bit on the big size it pulls my eye? Only seeing one shot.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

You're right, his right hand does look too big in the photo, I guess he just had a big hand, Ed. But it really doesn't bother me in the painting, it expresses balance as he uses all his strength to hold on.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Great choice of subject, it really works well with the processing. Printed on the right type of paper will make it look very good.

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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

maybe a pale representation of a corral fence, but not essential to the painting, mark.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Looks really good to my cloth eyes and I think the minimalist background works well - enough variety to maintain interest without distracting from the subject.

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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

You have, above all, captured the energy of the moment.

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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Love it! Great interpretation of the action, the movement is there. I would not change the background as at the moment the focus is naturally drawn to the figure.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

To my untrained eye it looks very good. I only noticed the large hand when I read the comment!
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Hi Mark, to say that you have not done any painting in years, it is very good, I am impressed by your artistic talent, IMHO it would distract your attention if you paint in any sort of background. I find it hard enough just to paint the skirting boards, well done sir.
P.S. looking forward to seeing more masterpieces
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Works for me! Love the sense of movement you've managed to get into it. Nice bokeh!
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Hmm, not sure that I'd want to have a print made but it might need a frame.

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maybe a pale representation of a corral fence, but not essential to the painting, mark.
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Looks really good to my cloth eyes and I think the minimalist background works well - enough variety to maintain interest without distracting from the subject. John
Thanks Andrew and John, that seems to be the consensus.

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Thanks Harold. I will for now sign off on this first of what I hope will be a long series of 'comeback' paintings. I am about to choose another image from my files for the next painting.

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Love it! Great interpretation of the action, the movement is there. I would not change the background as at the moment the focus is naturally drawn to the figure.
Thanks Andrew, the consensus here seems to agree that the subject can stand alone on the background. That is reassuring as personally I could not visualise how I could have painted in any recognizable detail without detriment.

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To my untrained eye it looks very good. I only noticed the large hand when I read the comment!
Thanks Amanda. I think the rider in reality probably did in fact have large hands as archetype cowboys do! Visually it balances the figure.

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Hi Mark, to say that you have not done any painting in years, it is very good, I am impressed by your artistic talent, IMHO it would distract your attention if you paint in any sort of background. I find it hard enough just to paint the skirting boards, well done sir.
P.S. looking forward to seeing more masterpieces
Thank you Raymondo, firstly it's hardly a masterpiece but it is kind of you to say so!

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Works for me! Love the sense of movement you've managed to get into it. Nice bokeh!
Thanks David. The sense of movement or rhythm as I like to call it, is this work's redeeming feature. Bokeh eh? ... Yeah, right!
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Agree the background works well helps focus your eye on the main event.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Thanks again, Ed.
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Re: Buckjumper (Oil Painting from E3 Image)

Brilliant. I can't even see the numbers through the paint.
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