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07-23-2013, 11:52 AM

Comments welcome

07-24-2013, 05:35 AM
Any chance of a critique please? :)

07-24-2013, 04:14 PM
This is really good! I think maybe the highlight on the tree should contain a bit of yellow or orange, and the dark area on the tree should be a bit browner.

07-25-2013, 02:00 AM
Thank you so much! Yea I could have tried adding yellow to highlights than white. +1

07-25-2013, 08:27 PM
If you look at 100 trees, 99 of them will have branches pointing up, not down. You probably should have looked for a reference photo.

07-26-2013, 12:03 AM
Hehe :) I kind of got the same comment from a friend offline. I do agree with you somewhat.

The reason I painted it that way is because this tree is supposed to be old and dieing so I wanted to give it a frail look with no leaves. I also wanted to point the branches towards the setting sun to indirectly guide the user to look at the main focal point of the image (the sun). Also, I like to use imagination a lot when painting and don't think a painting needs to be a 100% replica of what we see in nature. If it's the latter, I would rather look at a photograph.

08-13-2013, 09:30 PM
Hi...the limbs of the tree appear to be growing towards the ground instead of skyward...and the whitecaps on your lake take away from your otherwise mirrored reflection of the sunset.....

08-22-2013, 11:47 PM
Deshy, This painting is hot but it leaves me cold. I understand what you mean about the branches of the tree, but it just seems to go against the grain. My mind rejects it. I fell that it is a poor center of interest.

08-26-2013, 06:18 PM
Hi Deshy; I'm thinking that one of the areas this painting might benefit from is value patterns. I often forget about how those values will divide up my canvas by getting caught up in colour too soon. Some people will say do black and white thumbnails or notans to map your values, others speak of connecting the darks. In theory, patterns should pleasingly divide the format by touching at least 3 sides, interact with surrounding space and have variety. Below is your painting desaturated, and also turned into black and white.


10-10-2013, 01:34 AM
Was doing some reading about plein aire tonight and followed up by seeing work by Emile Gruppe. One of his paintings reminded me of Deshy's tree ..... http://www.emilegruppegallery.com/images/355_winter_stream.JPGhttp://

10-10-2013, 01:48 AM
Excellent job on the sky! I would look at your far trees. They would be back lit by your beautiful sunset sky and so be darker in the centers/fronts. If you put cooler colors in this area it would make your warm sky pop more. You wouldn't get tree reflections in the water I this lighting. Instead if you bring in some of the bluer tones of the sky on the left you would again get that contrast of warm and cool. I love old dead trees! I think it just needs a few more branches and some color variation. Pop in some touches of ultramarine or/and alizarin crimson. And keep painting :-)

10-10-2013, 02:57 AM
The sunlight would be hitting the tree with a warm glow as well as lighting up the ground under the tree a bit.
Is the foreground & tree mostly blackish/grey?
Try a deep purple/green ground cover with sun highlights on it.

I agree with Karen about the far trees , I think you have too many "hot" colors right now, and some cool tones will really add to the whole painting.

10-10-2013, 09:45 AM
How strange...........


10-10-2013, 11:18 PM
Dead tree overkill?

10-16-2013, 09:04 AM
Thanks all. Just returning to the forum after a long absence. I fully conquer with Karine's suggestions to add some cooler colors in, the reflections on water and the glow on the tree etc.

As for tree branches, I don't know if they are completely off because, I'm looking out my window right now and seeing a tree with branches growing towards the ground. I maybe a bit odd but I like this effect in old, frail trees.

01-27-2014, 02:51 AM
How strange...........



Yes, thank you for proving my point, which was: "If you look at 100 trees, 99 of them will have branches pointing up, not down." In the pictures you posted there are literally 100's of trees with the branches pointing up, and only one dead one with the branches pointing down.