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07-14-2013, 02:21 PM
This is what I did yesterday in Johannes' course. The idea is to create landscape vignettes that are interesting so that when we are confronted by row of trees all the same size, or an uninteresting tree shape, we can use our artistic licence to make something more interesting.

The example for this one was simply a row of trees all the same size with no break and no visible depth. It was done in watercolour and some gouache as he was doing the oil demo....I created my own skyline, but started out as he did with the purple more distant trees.

For this we did some B/W exercises (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1323497)with large sharpie pens, trying for an interesting shape. This was done with the 'island' approach, putting the masses of leaves down first, then connecting them with trunk and branches.

A lot of this is material I am familiar with from his earlier courses, but this time we are asked to do some serious practice. Good prep for me for my trip north next month.

You can find his threads in Wet Canvas Live with Johannes.

07-14-2013, 03:07 PM
Looks like fun Lynn, I like the first one in particular.


Scene Chaser
07-14-2013, 10:37 PM
These are great, Lynn. I, too, especially like the first one. Lovely trees and sky.

07-14-2013, 10:49 PM
Thanks Doug and Bill, I enjoyed the session. I want to make such practice a regular thing.

07-15-2013, 12:15 AM
Thank you for sharing your practice session with us, Lynn.

I especially like the second one, the autumn tree.

Cheers, Anne

07-15-2013, 02:56 AM
Wonderful Lynn. I was interested in the sharpie exercises. I usually put my leaves in first then draw the rest of the trees too.

I love what you have done. Go girl. You will be well prepared for your trip. I can't wait to see your paintings.. :)

07-15-2013, 04:55 AM
Fun exercises, Lynn. Buth are good, but I love the solitary tree. The foliage shapes and form are excellent.

07-15-2013, 06:33 AM
Anne, JJ and Jan...thanks for your encouragement, these are confidence building experiments and I hope I can come back with something worth looking at!

07-15-2013, 08:05 AM
Great idea...like the first one, especially...enjoy your trip!

07-15-2013, 10:54 AM
Thanks for sharing these Lynn. I love them both; great exercises for preparing you for your trip. Your sky and variation of color in the first one is makes the trees very interesting and appealing. Lovely. The standard tree in your sharpie one looks like the mighty oak that we used to have in our yard up north. ;)

07-15-2013, 11:12 AM
Thanks, Maribeth and Darla, glad you like them!

07-15-2013, 11:20 AM
Double post.

07-15-2013, 12:26 PM
Lynn. your tree line is very nice. The gold tree is lovely too. Diane

07-15-2013, 01:13 PM
Thank you, Diane!

07-17-2013, 09:47 AM
Have a nice trip Lynn in amongst the huge trees up north will keep you cooler than being down here at the moment. I find i'm melting just now . I like your exercises , I paint leaf area first then branches as I go half way through myself , to each his own though.
I have a pen and ink drawing in the pen and ink section of wet canvas .
Can someone put a link to there for me please.

08-12-2013, 07:37 PM
beautiful technic!! great job!

08-13-2013, 08:55 AM
Thanks Clode, I really appreciate your comments, you do some wonderful experiments that we all learn from.

08-13-2013, 04:48 PM
Thanks, Les, I did enjoy the trip, I'll be posting some sketches soon. I saw your pen and ink, very nice!