Sunday, November 13, 2011


                      CHALLENGE #4-WATERFALL

Burch K Coralee

Artist Burch K Coralee (!/artbycoralee) submitted this painting of a waterfall for challenge #4.

This was a most interesting challenge to undertake-different than the previous challenges that have been submitteed. There are textures and details that needed to be dealt with in the painting. the following paintings have been submitted for this challenge.  

Deborah Hoffner Rosen
"Whispering Stream"
9 x 12 Acrylic
Debby is a student in my UFT class. She is a very talented artist. Notice the soft flowing beautifully painted technique. The water is so delicate- reminds me of powder being sprinkled down the rocks. Great job Deborah.

Linda Gilbert
"Various Veils 2"
16 x 20 Acrylic
I titled my paintings "Various Veils 2" because it took me 2 trys to get to this finished painting. I originally did the painting in an 8 x 10 and was very dissatisfied with it. After ovserving my "errors" from painting #1, (which I think my main problem: I worked too small for the details), I enlarged the subject and changed what I wanted to to make it appealing to me. I enhanced the color of the foreground, and I changed the way the water fell -especially in the last fall. For me, changing the subject to my way of thinking works best to please "my ideal" attitude to the way something should look. Please notice, I said "my ideal"---doesn not mean yours~!

   "Touches of Spring."
Acrylic on canvas. 16 x 20"
Arthur Anderson did a  really nice- very geometric rendition of the waterfall. Love the angles of the rocks and the water.He carried through the style of the angular movements in the foreground too!  


  1. Renu Kristin Kvalfors like that you have chosen to make the subject more clearly and with more colors.It gives the picture as a whole more meaning and wholeness.

  2. Kudos to both Linda and Deborah on their renditions of this subject. Each brought excitement to it. Both artists decided -- wisely --to make the foreground the subject of the painting. My focus was more dispersed, to it's detriment.

    I realize my photo is too dark and doesn't represent my painting accurately. Another rendition to come.

  3. Artie- yur work is very exciting---and a new take on the painting!

  4. This was a real thorny problem for me. I could not get the foreground foliage the way I wanted to. The bigger problem was creating the three "masses" that I saw necessary to give the painting a readable structure: Foreground (the brush foliage on down to the spillway for the waterfall); middleground (the slate hillside); and the background (the strip of sky and trees at top).

    I think I did the top "fine," and I was pleased with the middleground (Linda noted my angular approach for the cooler dark/light striping of the slate slabs, which I think worked well); but the foreground, I think failed. I could not find the painterly "shorthand" to make that work. It needed to stand out from the middleground, so I made the foreground warmer. That is how I hoped that the fore- and mid-ground would be distinguished, with temperature rather than value. I don't think I made the right decision.

    Not a "failure," but not what I envisioned in my mind's eye when I started.

  5. to me Artie- you continued the angular theme in the foreground. I see it in the brown foliage around the tree-which you also showed as angular. of course, no one can comment on what the artist themselves wanted to do-and whether the artist was successful to what they achieved better than the artist themselves. I also find "fault" with many a painting that I produce, where others ee it so differently---we can't red the artist's mind. In my eyes you were successful. A very interesting take on a very difficult subject.

  6. Sweet to say, Linda. I truly wasn't fishing there.

    I think that there is such a fine line between "bold" and "garish," I didn't want to make the scene something that it wasn't. By "make" I refer to the tone. This is an overcast day, from what I see. I can feel the chill in the air. That water is COLD. It didn't speak "soft angles" or edges to me, however. BUT, at the same time, I wanted to seek value contrasts gentle and make the main contrasts temperature. I didn't succeed in that. But I do learn from EVERY painting I do, thanks to our "collective" here on the net.