View Full Version : Jacks Hemlocks--plein air

Phyllis Rennie
04-27-2001, 08:58 PM
This is one that I did while WC was "away". The trees are on the property line between our yard and the next door neighbor. I'm somewhat happy with it--although someone (artistic person but not an artist) said she didn't see them as hemlocks. I'm not sure what I could have done to make them look more like hemlocks.

I'm thinking that the base of the tree trunks and the shadows are a bit too heavy and dark.

Missed you all! Phyl

<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Apr-2001/.JPGJacksHemlocks2.JPG" border=0>

04-28-2001, 12:35 AM
I'll guess I have to admit that I wouldn't know a hemlock if I saw it so I'm no help.
I do like this painting though.

Don't worry, its gonna be all right....
Tammy's Home for Artists (http://tammy.artistnation.com)

04-28-2001, 09:37 AM
On the contrary, they could have been darker or maybe bluer.
I myself tend to make shadows to light and the pictures lacks contrast. I am working hard on putting in darker values to get contrast, to make the pictures more 3 dimensional.

I like the picture. May I suggest that you paint one with lighter shadows and one with darker shadows? Than compare them, which one is the best and why?


04-28-2001, 09:52 PM
This is Great! I especially like the colours of the trees and the grass. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

04-29-2001, 07:01 AM
<FONT size="4">Lovely!</FONT s>

You have captured the essence of the trees there. I wouldn't fiddle with it.


04-29-2001, 02:22 PM
Wow, Phyllis, I like it! Your question about values is a good one. Color brings with it a demand for the proper temperatures as well - cool shadows near the base of the tree, warmer as you extend away along the cast shadows and up the trunk. It looks like you've warmed the cast shadows here. That's easy to miss - but you got it! Would it help if you reversed the temperatures on the cast shadows to show the warmer darks on the outside edges of the shadows and cooler darks on the inside? The area where the trunk meets the cast shadow would be the darkest and the coolest, and the darks on the shadow side of the trunk would be warmest on the edges and cooler and darker towards the middle? It looks like that's how you've handled the trunks, anyway - maybe just push it a little more?

Good work!


[This message has been edited by Robert (edited April 29, 2001).]

[This message has been edited by Robert (edited April 29, 2001).]

04-29-2001, 07:56 PM
I LOVE this painting, especially the colors. The only thing I'd suggest is to make the tree foliage a bit deeper green. But even if you leave it as it is, it's wonderful.


* Beer is good. *

Phyllis Rennie
04-30-2001, 09:03 PM
Thanks everybody!!! I put the painting away for several days and just took it out again today. It looks better than I remembered. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif So I think I'll simple leave it alone. If I do anything else I would use it as a reference sketch and do a new studio painting. I appreciate all of your imput and encouraging words.