Less is better

by Mops
(Ontario)

I've been trying to loosen up for years......to get away from small details that are unecessary. Working on the theory (Chinese I think) that "less is better" I used a large brush and kept things pretty simple. I used Winsor Newton transparent paints so that I could wipe out if necessary.


I did wet the top part of the painting so that the colours would flow into each other and have soft edges.Wiped out where I wanted to put the tree trunks and when dry added the tree trunks. The paper is 140 cold press. I don't think it took an hour.......and it sold!!! Really!!
Mops

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Amazing
by: Val.....Ontario

Mops....I'm sure each and every one of your paintings SELL. You are a remarkable artist with an incredible eye for color. vsd14@hotmail.com

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Exquisite!
by: Anonymous

This little painting reminds me of a lovely dream I once had. Absolutely stunning!

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Fairy tale
by: Irina

The mood is remarkable! What fine colors and technics! Success to you!!!

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Less is Better
by: MOps

Hi Terry:
I made some pools of different TRANSPARENT colours on my palette, then wet the top part of the paper. Loading the brush each time with a different color I allowed the colours to flow into each other on the wet part of the paper. Using a clean thirsty brush I wiped out the areas where the tree trunks are. When the paper was dry I added the small leaves using an old scruffy brush....just dabbed away.
Hope this helps.
Mops

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Whoa
by: Terry

I like this a lot. No wonder it sold. I have a heck of a time doing leaves like you show. How do you do it?

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Beautiful!
by: Anonymous

I would have bought it, if it was not sold yet. Just BEAUTIFUL.....Congrats.

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No Surprise it Sold
by: Todd

It's very vivid and bright. I agree with the philosophy too. By doing less, you allow the imagination of this viewer to roam and spend time actually looking at the scene. It seems to me that many painters and photographers have switched roles. Too many painters paint the facts/details while photographers strive to be painters via super software packages - bah!

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Less is More
by: Dezi

This is beautiful, and you've loosened up just great! It looks so delicate and peaceful! Beautiful work!

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This one is fantastic
by: Karla

My sisiter tells me to slow down...but some of the best paintings take the least amount of time ..I think. Maybe it is the mood? But this painting is really great! Congrats...Karla USA

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WOW!
by: Jan

This is just beautiful! The composition, reflections and the colors are wonderful. Congratulations on the sale too.

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Less is better
by: Monte

Nice work here Mops & Congrats on your sale...thanks for your comment on Solo Fligt, good advice about adding a horizon line & sky.I love the soft lines you got with this painting,it's loose & alive, the reflections on the water work well against a serene skyline. The whole composition is most pleasing to the eye!

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