View Full Version : Glimpse of the Grand Canyon

06-03-2012, 11:01 AM
This is a piece I'm working on, based on a photograph I took at the Grand Canyon.
I'm planning on adding a few tufts of grass at the bottom in the light colored area around the branches. I need to work on those branches too, darken the tree in the middle and add some shadows to the background. I don't want to add too much color to the background as I believe the the blue/grey pushes it back.
I'm not sure how to handle the rock, the orange part is very rough and textured. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. :)


06-03-2012, 07:09 PM

I'm happy with it now. Just need to darken the tree in the middle and I think it's done.

06-03-2012, 07:59 PM
Interesting piece. My suggestion is to create more of a sense of depth. I'm not getting a sense of the middle area receding. I think you need some atmospheric perspective in the back. Bring some light in at the top so it isn't the same color as the lower portion with the tree.

I might try filtering in some interesting streaks of light through the crevice, as well as shading its depth.

I like the scene and colors!

06-05-2012, 11:39 AM
I really liked the mauve background in your first picture: you seem to have replaced this with grey in the second! Boo! The grey-mauve gave a wonderful giddy sense of depth when contrasted with the brightness of the top rocks.
Don't use pure black or pure grey unless really necessary - they can suck life out of a picture - if you want to create neutrals why not add either blue or complimentary colours to your first colour, eg, if you're using an orangey colour, add purply blue to mix to dark/neutral; red - aqua, etc. This will keep vibrancy and interest in your shadows.

06-05-2012, 03:42 PM
I love the composition, but I am feeling a lack of depth. Perhaps we could all give more informed critiques if we had your reference photo.

06-05-2012, 07:16 PM
Thank you all for the feedback. I'm a bit stumped as to how to add depth too. Here is the reference photo. I thought the blue would push the background back a bit but it doesn't seem to be working.


06-05-2012, 08:14 PM
This is a tricky piece over-all to paint, you have done well now that I see the ref. photo. It looks like you need to add some reflected light in your shadows. It might also help to lighten up the distant hills a bit. I would also darken your tree, that will also help push it back. Other than that, I don't really know what else you can do. Very interesting composition choice.

God bless,