Hope this is an improvement. Thanks to Ann Turner's terrific critique, this is the result. Isn't this a great workshop?

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Comment by Olivia O'Carra on June 24, 2014 at 6:51

gorgeous painting Nancy. Love the limited palette.

Missed the  first one .Computer out of action for nearly 2 whole days!

Comment by Jon Main on June 24, 2014 at 4:57

Nice title, Nancy. There's a real lot of nice paintings being done here just now!

Comment by Ann Turner on June 24, 2014 at 3:39

Looking good ! The background stays in the back now and makes a nice stage for the old tree. Congratulations

Comment by Nancy Sands on June 24, 2014 at 3:21
Good morning to you, Michael. I was just looking at Richard's paintings and see what you mean about the stream as it recedes. He has a painting with a meandering stream that does exactly what you said. I think I can do that much to mine and leave the rest. Thank you again.
Comment by Michael J. Severin on June 24, 2014 at 0:49

Good morning Nancy.  I would leave it alone ....file that info for your next painting. :)

Comment by Nancy Sands on June 23, 2014 at 17:20
Michael! Thank you. I was trying to figure out how to make that stream fade away as it recedes. I like the idea of underpainting the foreground stream first. Do you think it is too late to tackle that now? Thank you too for your kind comment about that tree. I really had fun doodling it. I had to stop myself. :-))
Comment by Michael J. Severin on June 23, 2014 at 16:15

I did not see your painting before Nance ..sorry.  I will look for it and compare the two.  I love how you handled the branches coming toward us and away from us ..really gives the tree dimension.  When painting a stream that is reflecting the blue of the sky, try underpainting it first with a warm, dark transparent tone, then scumble the blue on top ..leaving some of the dark warm tones exposed ..do this for the stream in the foreground only ..as it recedes into the distance, loose the strong, bright blue, and use a grayer color with a value almost that of the surrounding land ....make it almost disappear into the land....that makes it very soft and pushes the river into the far distance ..it will relate with everything else in that far distant hazy atmosphere.


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