Entrance Painting, "A door to open!"

by Hannie Wessels
(south Africa)

Doorway painting

Doorway painting

I've done this for my grandchild's 21st to illustrate the life ahead, as she opens the door to the new "adult" life.

I've also used the Flemish technique.

My struggle: the brick wall of the house is at one angle and the trellis for the climbing rose at another angle.

Please Delmus tell me where did I go wrong??

Hannie South Africa

Editors Note:

Hi Hannie! The brick work on the right side is spot on, but yes, you've already identified the areas that need correcting.

It seems the door is set right as far as perspective goes.

Use a string that connects to something (is stationary, pinned or tide with a knot) and is long enough to go across your painting. This spot will be your vanishing point to the very far left.

With the loose end of your string, bring it across the canvas and check the lines for the bricks, and the trellis. You will find they are off. Use the string to retrace these lines, they should follow the lines within your doorway as this appears pretty close.

This is a lovely idea for a painting, and I think you're on the right track in what to correct to get the perspective right.

I know it will be a lot of work, but it's do-able!
Get those lines of perspective in, and the rest will fall into place.

Good luck and best wishes,

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When there's no more a sea in between!!

by Hannie Wessels
(South Africa)

Boat and seascape oil painting

Boat and seascape oil painting

The story of this boat on the shore? It is far to small to sail the ocean from South Africa to NZ But one day there will be no sea in between.......I worked on it for 2 weeks and battled with the sea sand!!..Thanks for the tip on creating the sand Delmus much appreciated!! And please let me have the critics!!

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Jan 27, 2012
by: Yvette

Remarkable and beautiful work. Wow!

Jan 28, 2012
Reaching Into The Horizon
by: Kat

The perspective and depth of field is really well done - I can feel how far away the horizon is! The only reason it didn't get 5-stars is because I expect a beach scene to have a *slightly* higher degree of contrast, like you brought out in the sand. Small thing -- you obviously have remarkable skill with oils!

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