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The Creek Road by DonBowling The Creek Road by DonBowling
Oils on 18"X 24" canvas
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First of all, let me say that this is a really impressive piece. I would never have thought to do a landscape from this perspective but it really works. I especially love the crisp look of the water and the texture of the path. It just looks and feels so real. The shadows of the trees across the path really draw your eye into the painting. The textured highlights across the grass really give the illusion of sunlight dappling the tips of blades of grass. In general, the colors are very lifelike and atmospheric.

The one criticism that I have is that the trees that line the path are a little bit too crisp and detailed. Its a little overwhelming to the eye and distracts from the beautiful lines and composition of the background and the painting as a whole. While the trees in the foreground are adequately detailed, I would like to see a little more atmospheric perspective as the trees regress into the background. This could be accomplished by lessening the contrast of lights and darks on the tree trunks, and simplifying the detail in the branches and leaves in the far away trees. I believe you did this a bit already, but the effect could be intensified to add even more depth to the painting's middle ground and help the viewer focus on the entire composition.

Also, I wouldn't mind seeing a little bit of that golden sunshine that brings such warmth to the grassy field perhaps dappled across some of the highlights on the trees to warm them up a bit and add a bit of ambiance. But that is a minor detail in an otherwise fantastic piece.
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zhaleh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Amazing!Clap 
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:iconj-hump:
J-Hump Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow
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yumi71 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
B E A U T I F U L :iconflyingheartsplz:
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Aquiliris Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The water... it looks so... GREAT! O_o :D
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Slavka!Hug 
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:iconartofdiscofever:
ArtOfDiscoFever Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It looks like a very nice place to take a long walk :)
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Jim!  I agree!
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:iconeverlasting90:
Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always finding paintings that look like photos. Now that's some mastery. Good job!
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Kevin!
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:iconbillycsk:
billycsk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow amazing!
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbillycsk:
billycsk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
╰(*´︶`*)╯welcome
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:iconthesoullesschild:
TheSoullessChild Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these kind of things in real life, this is wonderful!
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:icontefling:
Tefling Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, particularly the river, you've captured the reflections beautifully.
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconumanhamu:
UmaNHamU Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
A beautiful piece, makes me wish I could paint.B^)
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Mik!  With your talent I'm sure you could paint!
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:iconumanhamu:
UmaNHamU Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
You are most welcome.B^)
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:iconmarnierb7:
Marnierb7 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love the detaed bark on the trees. Very nice!
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DonBowling Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Marnie!
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MagicAlly25 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Fabulous picture.  I love it all and particularly the tree bark.  Awesome.
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Allison!
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GalleryZograf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredibly beautiful! Lovely combination of colors! The river is very realistic! :)
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much Nadia!
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GalleryZograf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hug 
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Chanter56 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job I wanna pull over and fish LOL. Great reflections also.
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks very much Tom!
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey thanks Isaac!
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, Don!
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:iconannakoutsidou:
annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Omg ! What a wonderful painting !! Love the colors !! :hug:
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much Anna!
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:iconannakoutsidou:
annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Always a pleasure dear ! :hug:
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:iconirishcoffin:
IrishCoffin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so realistic!!!
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Elisa!
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u-j-w-a-l Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really bright colors......
love it....
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ujwal!
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the tree bark and the water.  Looks almost real.  Well done!  I couldn't paint to save my life... comes out too blocky, so I stick with coloured pencils or just pencils.  Or sometimes marker pens.
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Clare! 
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the textures.....great work :aww:
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much my dear friend!
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome :)
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milenkadelic Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful. :sun:
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much Milenka!Hug 
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milenkadelic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :iconsun--plz:
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:iconartofsandragundstedt:
Beautiful :)
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:icondonbowling:
DonBowling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Sandra!
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