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To be perfectly honest with you Terry - I prefer the first one you did. This one is very nice but I think the first one has more detail and has a softer feel. The newest one has harsher brush strokes and the mountain has less detail and the pathway detracts from the overall painting. I think you set the bar really high on the first painting to be truthful.
 

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I also would say the first one is my favorite. The thing that stick out to me are the farthest trees are darker and gain in brightness as you come closer and gives it depth. You and other might hate me for saying this but the close up trees on the left and right need to be separated or if it's one big tree maybe a little more detail into branches. Sorry I didn't want to be picky and I will probably get crap for saying it but that's what I noticed. I'm loving seeing you progress and you have come a long way quick. You have done very nice work. Congrats Terry.
 

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I would never give anyone a hard time about telling me what they see wrong with my paintings dacotah. That's how I improve.

I tend to agree with you on the trees. I think I got kind of sloppy with them. I did the wet on wet thing and I should not have.

The values of the trees are off because I started very light in the foothills but got to a totally dark (almost black) value too quickly. Then when I did the foreground trees I had no choice but to make them lighter in order to see them at all. :vs_blush:

Thank you for your honest critique.
 

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To me the third one is better than the second one but I still like the first one best, the clouds look better on the first one, the clouds on the third painting came out kind of "heavy". The mountain looks better on the first one too. But over all, all three are still nicely painted.
 

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Yeah I wish I made the mountain in this one a little taller. Thanks for the critique Liz. I am more pleased with the foreground in this painting and less pleased with far away things. In the first one I nailed the far away things but the foreground to me seems less distinct. The second one is out of the contest as far as I'm concerned. I think I'm done with doing this landscape painting, at least for now.
 

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Beautiful work Terry! I personally still prefer the first one you did but this is a close second. I think you should be proud of them all to be honest. Your first one is just so so good that even trying to replicate that would be hard. Great job.
 

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They are all really nice.

If I had to choose I think I prefer the 1st but only because the composition on the third one drags my eye out to the lower left instead of inviting me to stay in the picture. Did you compose it that way by design? I am not saying it is wrong or bad, just asking if that was by design.
 

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