"Point Lobos" 9x12" WB Oil on board by Jim Haycock
Great Impressionistic feel to this painting Jim. Very much reminds me of Monet's series at Etretat:
"The Cliff of Aval, Etrétat" by Claude Monet 1885
Very similar! The one thing Monet has done differently is to spend more time making clear shapes, which tends to make a painting easier to read. Creating more definite colour shapes also helps to keep colour areas separate and avoids muddiness which has occurred through much of your painting.
Take a step back from your painting and your foreground trees on the right are blending in with the background hill. Having foreground objects blending in with background objects is something I always try to avoid because it tends to flatten the painting and make it difficult to read. I would recommend either lightening the background there or darkening the tree in order to separate those two planes of depth.
Similarly the top of the trees on the second hill are blending in with the sky and muddying the colours there. I'd suggest repainting the sky there to solve that. Soft edges in the distance do help with creating depth but beware of overdoing it and muddying the sky. This softening effect has worked really well in the furthest hills, largely because the cooler colours there are more similar to the sky colour and so do not muddy the sky when blended with it.
You've given more space to the sky in your painting than in my design and to your credit have filled it with effective clouds full of motion and spirit. Nicely done. Conversely, the thin strip of land clinging to the bottom of the painting feels more like an afterthought - like you tried to squeeze it in at the end. Horizontals imply stability and calm. Diagonals imply motion and excitement. I always try to remember that when designing a scene with the intention that my design should speak about the feeling of the place. Something to dwell on. Overall a very pleasing painting with a few things I'd encourage you to think about. Good job!
"Point Lobos" Oil, canvas, 30cm x 60cm by Elena Sokolova
A very light filled and colourful painting Elena. Nicely done. I have only compliments to give you for this work but for a small note to be careful of making repeating patterns with your brushwork as is evident in the sky and water. Easy to say, hard to do! Great work Elena.
"Point Lobos" 18x8" Oil on Canvas by Denis King
Great work here Denis. Your own painterly style is shining through giving this a lot of motion and energy. Looks to me as if you've done everything pretty well spot on, at least in terms of doing everything that I taught in this lesson, so if anything's wrong now it's my fault. Looks good to me. Good job.
"Coastal Light" 8x16" Oil on Canvas by Laurena Beirns
Hi Laurena, good to see you working out that glowing light effect and paying good attention to the waves and cliff forms especially. If I can make a suggestion, looking over all your previous work it would simply be to pay more attention to the drawing of the scene and individual items. Thankfully drawing is an easy skill to learn well - it just takes practice and you can make it even easier on yourself in these painting projects by printing out my painting and using the grid transfer method to get the drawing accurately onto your canvas. It takes an extra chunk of time but it's well worth it in the end. See the Grid Transfer Method.
In terms of the colour in your painting, particularly in the glowing light area I can recommend using more yellow and orange before you start adding white to your mixtures because white tends to cool down mixtures rather than warming them like yellow and red. Hope that helps a little. Good work!