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Cromford Canal

You tried and here are some of the results

Thank you for sending in your paintings of ’Cromford Canal’ following Matthew Palmer’s demonstration in the July issue of Paint. Here is a small selection with comments from Matthew
Here is Matthew Palmer’s picture that featured in the July issue

Lesley Lowe
I like your different take on the picture, creating an image with lots of atmosphere and great use of shadow. The distance in the scene takes the viewer right around the corner of the canal and the ripples really help to bring the foreground forward, resulting in a very confidently painted watercolour.

Hannah Baker
This is another different take on the scene really capturing the atmosphere, darkness and shadows in the original photograph. For me just a little bit more definition, especially on the – edge of the grassy banks, would really finish things off.

M.K Jones
This painting has captured the atmosphere, and has an evening feel about it which I love, and the water works very well. The warm colours are soft and vibrant. Just a touch of drybrush over the road may help it sit better. I like the different landscape orientation – when you frame it try to have the building slightly off centre, as this will lead the viewer through the scene.

Iverine Hopkins
Another confidently painted watercolour, with a nice level of detail, especially in the distant trees. The water works well - the ripples give a nice surface and foreground interest. All in all a good painting – well done.

Lorna Cullens
This is a confidently painted watercolour. The large trees are especially good. They really frame the scene. I like your soft and transparent style. You could perhaps improve the sky by adding a slightly darker colour to the top, graduating down towards the distant trees. But the scene does work well as it is.

Gerd Gerhard
This is an amazing painting, very confidently executed - everything works really well. The strong dark shadows in the trees really do frame the painting giving a strong sense of depth and the reflection on the water is brilliant – I really can’t fault this.

D Barton
This is a very calm and relaxing painting. The building and tree detail work very well. I think you should just add a touch more reflection and shadow detail to the water, and perhaps a few ripples, especially in the foreground.

Christine Barry
This is a confident painting, with natural hues showing a good knowledge and understanding of colour. The slight warmth in the sky has given an evening feel, which is great for atmosphere. I would say the water is a touch too still. Just a few gently painted horizontal ripples will work a treat. Do this mainly in the foreground to achieve depth and use some pale Natural Grey.

Peter Marsh
You have lots of foreground in this scene, maybe consider cropping the painting slightly. Just take an inch or so off the foreground or add a touch more detail to the foreground water, just to take the viewer through into the distance. The rest of the scene is very well painted, well done.

Hildegarde Bone
A confident and vibrant painting, the water works really well and has a wonderful surface to it. The many layers in the sky give a wonderful detail and of course the background trees look absolutely superb. I can’t really fault this painting.

Ursula Seelig
You have painted a wonderful sky and your nice background trees cleverly take the viewer into the scene. You could just add a few extra ripples into the water just to break the solid white lines already there.


Try Your Hand at...

Cromford Canal

You tried and here are some of the results

Thank you for sending in your paintings of ’Cromford Canal’ following Matthew Palmer’s demonstration in the July issue of Paint. Here is a small selection with comments from Matthew
Here is Matthew Palmer’s picture that featured in the July issue

Lesley Lowe
I like your different take on the picture, creating an image with lots of atmosphere and great use of shadow. The distance in the scene takes the viewer right around the corner of the canal and the ripples really help to bring the foreground forward, resulting in a very confidently painted watercolour.

Hannah Baker
This is another different take on the scene really capturing the atmosphere, darkness and shadows in the original photograph. For me just a little bit more definition, especially on the – edge of the grassy banks, would really finish things off.

D Barton
This is a very calm and relaxing painting. The building and tree detail work very well. I think you should just add a touch more reflection and shadow detail to the water, and perhaps a few ripples, especially in the foreground.

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