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I could use some help with this one. This is a watercolor sketch for a painting. My thought was to use darker values in the distance and higher contrast and detail as the objects come nearer. This goes against how I would normally treat this subject. Any and all advise is welcome. Thanks! #FridayArtCritique
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I am afraid I have no advice - my jaw is on the floor, however.
There is (sort of) contradiction which confuses me. If the darker values are reserved for the distance, how can you achieve contrast in the foreground? You'll need darks for that.
Hi Lena! Ever have a concept in your head but can't get down on canvas? Perhaps I should sketch it in my normal approach then try this again? Perhaps, nuetral greying the background darks and bumbing(color) the foreground colors? Still, there will be the problem of the left side background details(planned) complicating the painting. Can I save this or just toss it?
No, don't toss it, it is very promising and actually strong as is. I think some darks on the left would work well, since they would balance the painting while keeping the contrast between the foreground and the background. I think the foreground one looks somewhat too white at the moment, I would have added a rather strong shadow there if I were you plus either grey down the background to the left, or link its white to the white of the turtle (if it's a turtle).
Lena, I think you have helped. I haven't developed the left side at all because I couldn't see it. I may now. I have a portrait commission to finish this weekend. I'll throw some paint at this on Monday. Thank you!
My pleasure; I like to talk about other people's paintings... :)
This is fantastic! I'm trying to get away from saying love in relation to things...but I do love how this is turning out. My take on the light/values.....have you ever looked at something where strong sunlight is hitting the foreground objects fully while the background ones are more shaded and the light not as strong?

Being a photographer; it often happens that the highlights on such a scene are blown you have few details in that area. The turtle is too stark as is, but I would try very faint details with warm colors. And then you would need harsh shadows. Would it work if that first turtle had a bright yellow or orange yellow wash - not too strong though? Then just the slightest suggestion of detail in the shell.

The only problem might be that it currently looks like your shadows are falling in the front, and if that sun is hitting the turtle as proposed the sun would be coming from over your left shoulder, so you would need to rework the shadows somewhat to have darker ones behind/right (if that makes sense).
Those are excellent suggestions Roberta. Thank you! I have a much clearer idea of how to get what i am looking for now. This was my first post in Google+, It was just the help I needed. Thanks everyone!
+Mark Davis <3 Welcome to G+! (I've been loving reading this thread, btw... thank you +Lena Levin and +Roberta Murray!!)

Mark, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work, and hopefully you'll find a home in the arts community here! (It's the best I've ever found. <3)
I don't know if it's too late to chime in here, but it is Friday.

Nice drawing! It's really well executed, the reflections and the personality of the turtles are really good.

About the left third, agree with +Roberta Murray , the highlights look blown out. If it were me, I'd use a wash of opposite color to make that first turtle's shell look less flat. Which is pretty much what she suggested. I'd lean more towards a red/orange than a yellow, though.
There is something called "atmospheric perspective" and it would work beautifully if you did that with your entire painting. (Meaning as you move closer to the horizon the atmosphere comes between you and the objects so the colors deepen in value, might lose detail and blur a bit more while the foreground is much clearer.) I'd be careful not to lose all the detail in the lighter tones, but I would use some mid-tones and move darker in the turtles as you get closer to the horizon line, like you did for the log actually. I rather like the idea as the change in value would lead your eye through the painting quite nicely. In this case I would NOT worry about balance dark to dark, light to dark is a balance in a different sense, it is more evocative as you present it. That is all I would say.
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