Hello appreciate,,,Thanks so much , I so appreciate your kind words,,,I find it interesting that we have complete diverse styles,,Yet we can appreciate each others work,,,,I find your work excellent,,!!,,,Thanks again,,,Lets keep painting..I administer a FB page called Paint On!!!....Feel free to join and post your work,,,,,,Hey, Paint On!!!
Well it's pretty good - I would try and follow Michaels' advice - if you do that it might be really quite nifty (might get a fairly dramatic light effect!). As for wiping it depends if you need the canvas/support - I have around 200 paintings in the garage!!! so I can't justify buying new canvases - I just white one over (gesso), but it's preferable to keep everyhting if you can!
Well, it was a great experience as well - apinting to treasure for you! - we're very fortunate to have Michael -doing it for free too!!!! - be sure to save his comments to file, there're not many teachers that can articulate like him!
Yep, well it works really well for me the compo and the concept/feeling - and even more than looking at the points we can improve in our paintings, we need to rememebr the things we got right so as no to 'dis-acquire' them!
Hi Roena. There are a few shapes and areas .. such as the distant trees, the tree on the left, the distant edge of the meadow ..that are all pretty hard edged ... but I am not referring to hard or soft edges exclusively, I am also referring to lost and found edges .. and you have many opportunities for those .... EVERYWHERE you see a physical line, imaged line, or an edge need to have some lost and found properties. I do not have the picture in front of me, so relying on what I recall .... you have a hard line on the right where the grass meets that bush ... that edge is too straight and hard. That is a great spot to have some lost and found edges. Look around your painting, you will notice quite a few of these lines or edges. Take a close look at the edges of shapes in the distance and the possibilities of lost an found edges .... i.e., note the hard, straight line of the horizon way back there in the distance .. not to mention the hard edges of those distant trees. If the painting is still wet enough, go back and work on your edges. You can scumble some broken color into the grasses, add cooler blue/greens or blue/violets to your background trees. Lightening your sky might be a problem if your painting is dry. If you can work back into this painting, go for it .... your foreground does not require anything more .. figure out what it is you are telling us ... what do you really like about this scene that made you paint it ...the color of the rock, the water, the grasses?? ...emphasize what you like and subdue the rest. Okay, then you must PAINT THE LIGHT. Do not try to duplicate the colors or values you are seeing in the photo ... they are inaccurate. Roena, get the correct value relationships down first .. that is the most important. Do a 4 or 5 value sketch ... dark, mid dark, mid, mid light, and light. Assign one of these values to each plane .... for instance: Sky = light, Ground plane = Mid light, foreground trees = dark, middle ground trees = mid dark, distant trees = middle. Every plane i.e. sky, upright planes, slanted planes, flat planes should have a different value .. one of the 4 or 5 values. After doing several of these, pick the best one and do a quick, small color study using the 4 or 5 values you tested out in your prelim sketches. Do not try to match the color you see in the photo! ask yourself these questions: What value of these 4 or 5 best represents that plane? What color from the COLOR WHEEL best expresses the LIGHT on that plane??? For instance lets take the tree color of green: You only have 3 greens from the color wheel ..green, blue/green, and yellow/green. So those trees in the distance are dark green in your photograph ...BUT you must choose between only these 3 greens from the wheel ... which one would best represent the light falling on those trees way in the distance?? .. I would choose blue/green ...with the appropriate value from your value sketch!!! Once you choose the appropriate color and value, you then can modify that blue/green with some warm notes (of the same value) to show evening light ...i.e. warm yellow or red oranges. If you follow these steps, landscape painting will be much easier to grasp. Landscapes are actually easier to paint then still life because you have so many planes to work from in a landscape. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. if you would like to ask questions without going through the CA.
Roena, thanks for your comment, I.m going to give that the old college try, I'm 72 and it takes a while wo try to get the painting success I probably could if I were 22. I guess I need to focus on the small areas and try to do some more matching of colours.I'm always afraid to much paint on the canvas at one time. I guess I just need to get more brave. Thanks for your input.
Hi Roena, yes, I do have them in my garden. they are not hard to grow, just like every tulip. Put the onions into the earth in harvest or when the frost has ended after winter and tadaaaa! In spring there grow tulips :-)
So, looks like as if you can soon start to try the carder method. Have fun :-)
Roena - no prob - i just love looking at pictures - and yours was very interesting - the painting and the scene - it sure was a difficult one - plein air tends to be difficults anyway ;( - but we'll keep herping one another and advancing - and having fun!