Acryllic on canvas board 12" x 8"

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Comment by Annie Dalton on December 23, 2012 at 15:19

I still love this painting... there's something surreal about it... it draws you in somehow.  :D

Comment by Annie Dalton on December 22, 2012 at 23:21

Hi Corey, I discovered that 'turning-the-brush' technique when doing the highlights of the setting sun on "Petrea" (the horse).  I was so happy with myself!  *lol*  I haven't been to art school and enjoy painting intuitively.  It's more challenging, rewarding and fun.  (Besides, I don't have easy access to a college.)  I'll have to paint some damned trees so I can show you... hahaha.  You can critique my trees then.  Will see how I go tomorrow. 

Comment by Corey van der Laan on December 22, 2012 at 7:40

Hi Annie,

I do load the brush with a creamy mixture for trees, but an added technique iI learnt was to turn the brush in your fingers whilst painting the trunk. It produces shadows( or thats the idea anyway) from the layer underneath at the thinnest parts, because shadow lines on a tree trunk are not straight lines. Mmm we think a bit aike here, your first comment was almost as if I had written it myself. ( Smile). Would love to see some of your work, put them up, the worst that can happen is that other artists say nothing about it

Comment by Annie Dalton on December 21, 2012 at 20:03

Painting from imagination:  It's really, really difficult!  I often have to set up things so I can look at the damned light and shadows.  It's so challenging.  I have a young friend who helps me with the shadows often.  He's a genius when it comes to light. 

James Gurney's books are useful also.  The way he paints light is incredible.  He discusses 'light' in great detail... his book has made a huge difference to my work. 

I love the dark ground in your painting... it gives it a lovely feeling.  I used to think painting was easy!  *lol* 

Painting from the imagination is so freeing also. 

Comment by Annie Dalton on December 21, 2012 at 19:53

Hi Corey,  I haven't put my paintings up for criticism yet... *smile*  I love the colours you've used.  That's what made me look at your painting.  With trees in the foreground (it's hard to know how you've done these as I'm not looking at the 'real' painting) I like to load up the brush (nice and gunky!) and draw the brush up from the base in a free-flowing way.  Then you can load the brush with a different colour and drag it up alongside the other thick paint.  It's a fun thing to do and can give amazing looking trunks and limbs.  You could steal some of that background colour (I do this while I'm painting... using up the bits of paint where I can) and pop the foreground out a little... i.e. some bright yellow hightlights... some hot pink even?  They say thick at the front and smoother at the back... or did I make that up? 

Anyway, they're my thoughts about painting trees more than a criticism of your painting.  If you decide you can't finish it... or it is finished... so be it.  We don't HAVE to finish everything.  I find I'm an intuitive 'mood' painter.  It's how I work. 

Comment by Sharon Casavant on December 15, 2012 at 9:20

Ania, what I mean is doing touch up work in Photo shop just to see what it would be like changed.  Richard has done this from time to time and no one seemed to mind.  I think we should all just continue to learn from Richard and each other.  He puts a lot of time into this site.  If no one likes being here, they should just leave, simple as that.  We all paint the same photo, but they all look different!  Amazing!  Bye for now, I have to get to painting.

Comment by Corey van der Laan on December 15, 2012 at 8:26

Thanks for all the interest . I take all of your comments on board. I don't mind the all the banter. In fact most comments have made me think, but me being a little analytical takes a while to put it all together and decide what I am to do from there. The result is that I have about 5 unfinished paintings in the art room. I find value in using Photo shop to highlight problem areas ( specially when it comes to tonal value of colour, which I struggle with and am trying to master), and to figure out where I have gone wrong, but prefer to figure it out on canvas. To tell you the truth I haven't yet found a preferred style that I can say is my own, but I reckon it will turn out to be like the windmills and tree scenes, but who knows, artists evolve. Thanks for all your input. What do you think of this artist ?

Comment by Sharon Casavant on December 15, 2012 at 4:05

I would love to see Richards version of this painting re-done in photo-shop! :)  I really do like this style of painting, it is soft and colorful and the only thing I see not consistant with nature, is too much dark for the few bare trees.  The light needs to be coming through.  If leaves were on the trees, then it would be darker on the ground like you have it here.  See what you got yourself into by posting photos? lol   That is what we are here for, to learn from each other.  Enjoy painting!

Comment by Corey van der Laan on December 13, 2012 at 12:21

This was done from imagination, so I don't have a reference. I enjoy forests and tried to capture a moment in a forest from many years ago. The video clip of the forest painting you sent is almost the same isn't it?


Comment by Corey van der Laan on December 13, 2012 at 9:46

Bedankt Anja, does give a different view. One thing I have learnt throught recent times .. Don't fuss too much with the foreground, it is usually out of focus when you look at it in real life anyway. Groetjes.


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