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Rocky Barnett
04-15-2013, 04:36 AM
I saw this image of a city parking lot on TV. snapped a photo, and turned it into a country field.
Hated the first tree, painted it out, did a second tree, not much better.
Digitally put some more branches on a photo of it with the computer in the last image. Should I add them to the painting or just call it quits? Any thoughts on where I went wrong, or how to fix?
Feel free to say anything, digit. alteration it, what ever; It won't make me mad I promise ; I've already messed with it all I know how!
Please help save another canvas from the garbage man. (he has enough already.):o
16x20 Oil on canvas Untitled



04-15-2013, 04:46 AM
Nice work. I would leave out the extra twigs in #3.


04-15-2013, 04:03 PM
guess i'm wondering what the season is ... seems it's trying to be late summer? ... makes me wonder where the leaves are ... since there's foreground lush growth, one would think the trees would also have leaves ... or they're dead, which makes me sad so i'd chop them down and call 'em firewood ... or i'd give them foliage.


04-15-2013, 05:54 PM
Nice work. I think that the branches of the trees are too rubbery. Most trees have branches that are segmented without the curves.

04-15-2013, 11:09 PM
Add a parking lot

Rocky Barnett
04-16-2013, 12:29 AM
I was trying for winters end. I started it around the first of march, around here the weeds start coming back before the leaves put out, and the grass is still kinda brown. I see now how that is confusing about it. Thanks La.
That's good advice about the branches. I think you hit the nail on the head.
I've looked at it so long I couldn't see that!!
You mean a parking lot like this one?........:wink2:.........that was mean.... LMAO!


Avena Cash
04-16-2013, 12:44 AM
I think the vivid green is confusing there; although we have hints of green now that looks more like a bright garden.

I think the imagined branches are positioned and joined to the trunk unrealistically. I've spent a lot of time studying trees and it jumps out at me. I often have difficulty with depictions from the imagination if they are intended to look real. (Even my own.)

Rocky Barnett
04-17-2013, 02:23 AM
Avena Cash your critique was very honest,frank,succinct and yet very courteous. I appreciate that very much. ( how you managed it in so few words is an art in it's self!) You have reminded me I must pic up a pencil and do some studies with it every now and again.
I know the tree is beyond saving,however all of your advice encourages me that I can be more thoughtful next time. As for now, I hope this is a little better. A 'wash' of alizarin+burnt sienna (+brunt umber and ultramarine for the darks) to tone down the greens, and a rough over paint for the tree.
A side by side before and after:

And alone.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Apr-2013/1205620-110.jpg P.S. sorry about the flash reflection; the canvas is still very wet.
Thanks to all of you. It means very much to me to have your help! :wave:

04-17-2013, 04:49 PM
I think you are obsessing over this one! Time to start a new painting!

Rocky Barnett
04-17-2013, 09:06 PM
Already have , just want to say thanks to the artists and good bye to this thread.(that's how I meant my last post to sound anyway)
I'll keep the sub. a couple days , but this is last my last reply.
I apologize to all.

Avena Cash
04-18-2013, 02:46 AM
It looks nicer for sure! Have fun with your next. :)