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TheHoove
03-06-2015, 10:35 PM
Started this 2 nights ago. Based off my own reference pic. Commonly called the Iconic cabin, Carson pass area above lake Tahoe, CA. Most difficult painting I've attempted so far. Not really worrying about composition at this point, only trying to learn to make the brushed do what I want. and mix color from a limited palette. Palette used Ultramarine blue, Cad yellow medium, hansa yellow, alizerine crimson, burnt umber. 11x14 canvas panel.

First the reference pics. One almost as taken, but the saturation bumped slightly. Second one with an oil painting filter applied to help visualize the masses without all the details, and get an idea how to simplify the scene.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_close.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_paint.jpg


Initial block in. Canvas was toned yellow ocher.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_1.jpg


More Block in, trying to develop major masses of colors and the darks. At this point, I was finishing up for the night 2 nights ago. My wife walked in, as nice as she could muster without hurting my feelings " Well, im not wearing my glasses and if i squint I can kind of see the cabin. Its very impressionistic?" Had to reassure her its only the first stages.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_2.jpg

At the end of last night I had this. About halfway between here and the last image, I was ready to give up. Its been a huge struggle to get the background to resemble more than green and yellow blobs. I Think im mostly done with the background.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_3.jpg

The colors from my smart phone are off a bit. And some glare. C&Cs welcome.

Nature2Canvas
03-07-2015, 04:24 AM
Keep going, it's going to be lovely!

Charlie's Mum
03-07-2015, 10:43 AM
Definitely think you're well on the way with this - the b/g is already looking pretty good!

LavenderFrost
03-07-2015, 11:15 AM
I have often struggled with fall scenes but I don't know why. This is coming along nicely, keep going!

dceska93
03-07-2015, 11:49 AM
Looking good so far. I can't wait to see the finished piece!

TheHoove
03-07-2015, 07:38 PM
Finished today! I think...lol.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin4.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin5.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin6.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin7.jpg
The pictures from my phone are off a bit.
Overall, I'm happy with it. Given that I have only done a few full paintings, its was a challenge to take on. I wanted to quit a few times. There is alot going on in the background to try and represent. But a good challenge. C&Cs wecome to what i could change next time for composition. I made a couple small changes from the photos.

Fox_eNova
03-07-2015, 11:06 PM
Nice scene, good color(s). Maybe a little more rust on the roof and some detail to the foliage up front? Else looks great.

TheHoove
03-09-2015, 10:42 PM
Nice scene, good color(s). Maybe a little more rust on the roof and some detail to the foliage up front? Else looks great.
There is some small detail up front, a few branches and such. I didnt want to go overboard on the rust, worried it would end up too dark and loose the effect of sun hitting the roof.
I took a better pic with a rear camera. A tweeked it a bit, but the color is still off slightly.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2015/723632-Iconic_cabin_finish3.JPG

And a couple detail pics.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_detail.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2015/723632-iconic_cabin_detail2.jpg

Bob in Florida
03-09-2015, 10:55 PM
Landscapes are my weak link, so far be it for me to be critical. That said I think you have done a very good job considering especially your comment about the degree of difficulty. I think though that the yellow should be a bit more intense on the background trees and just a bit more dark green foliage. The contrast would make it pop I think. Looking at the roof of the cabin there are a lot of darker rusted panels and a few that are quite a bit lighter, like you said with light bouncing off of them. Doing this would again, as I said before, give that deeper contrast. I think the composition is just fine. Good job. Well done.

TheHoove
03-09-2015, 11:38 PM
Landscapes are my weak link, so far be it for me to be critical. That said I think you have done a very good job considering especially your comment about the degree of difficulty. I think though that the yellow should be a bit more intense on the background trees and just a bit more dark green foliage. The contrast would make it pop I think. Looking at the roof of the cabin there are a lot of darker rusted panels and a few that are quite a bit lighter, like you said with light bouncing off of them. Doing this would again, as I said before, give that deeper contrast. I think the composition is just fine. Good job. Well done.
Thanks.
The background does pop more in the painting. The last pic in my first post is probably the closest to how the background looks.

~JMW~
03-10-2015, 12:48 AM
[C&Cs wecome to what i could change next time for composition]

A part I liked in the ref image was the connection of the 3 trees /bushes in the right corner and how it tied in the with the rest of the foreground.
That connection is not as clear in the painted version and one of the bushes was left out..
What I liked about the ref was the combined sizes of the 3 trees kind of balanced the size of the cabin.. as well a making a nice connected line with the rest of foreground.
There was a hint of a grassy pathway to the cabin also in the ref.
Perhaps my little image will explain some of what I mean..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2015/50585-723632-iconic_cabin_paint.jpg

TheHoove
03-10-2015, 01:16 AM
[C&Cs wecome to what i could change next time for composition]

A part I liked in the ref image was the connection of the 3 trees /bushes in the right corner and how it tied in the with the rest of the foreground.
That connection is not as clear in the painted version and one of the bushes was left out..
What I liked about the ref was the combined sizes of the 3 trees kind of balanced the size of the cabin.. as well a making a nice connected line with the rest of foreground.
There was a hint of a grassy pathway to the cabin also in the ref.
Perhaps my little image will explain some of what I mean..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2015/50585-723632-iconic_cabin_paint.jpg

I do see what you mean. One thing, though, the bush labled 2 is not a bush when you look at the high res reference, but shrubby ground cover front to back. Part of why it looks differenf in the painted version. I got that mass to big i thing in the initial block in, and just went with it. Then fhe forground tree and other bush didnt fit right. To me the other bush looks more out of place in my version as well. But have to start somewhere to learn!
Thanks.

Chris Kennedy
12-30-2015, 06:05 PM
I love doing fall landscapes... mind you I've only been painting a short time and have taken half a year off since I last painted.
My wife and I drove around this fall in hopes of getting pics of the changing leaves. At one point we saw an area with plenty of color and an amazing sunset that just lit it all so wonderfully but despite the fact that we used two different cameras and hers is a very good one none of the pics we took gave us a true enough image of what the eyes could so clearly see. Still the image is locked in my mind. The dept into the tree's was so amazing due to the lighting and it is something I strongly desire to be able to do with my landscape paintings in the future. Some go for light and I can both understand and appreciate that very much but the added dimension of true depth I saw that day profoundly set me into a search for just such images and paintings. I know within if I can achieve the ability to do this consistently I'll have so much joy creating freely from compositions of my own making.
Seeing how you've built up this painting just makes me want to stop and say thank you and to be able to read the advice given helps me to know I'm in the right place (this forum ) to learn. Thank you for taking the time and for not giving up in your efforts to bring this painting to life. It has inspired honestly me.

bluefish
12-30-2015, 06:22 PM
you just graduated with honors!....delightful painting....keep up the marvelous work and please, let us see it....:thumbsup:

DickHutchings
12-31-2015, 06:17 AM
I think you did a fabulous job!! Being very new to painting, I don't see anything that needs fixing. It all looks good but listen to the pros. We have some really good painters here that are more than happy to give us advice and not just a pat on the back. But honestly, YOU NAILED IT!

cliff.kachinske
12-31-2015, 08:49 AM
I agree with Mr. Bluefish.

I think your composition is good, well balanced. I would not amp up the background colors as it would bring them forward.

Have you thought about flipping the image from left to right? I think the result is somewhat interesting.

oldnmartist
12-31-2015, 06:54 PM
I tend to focus on the roof, and I like it better when it is strips of paint, rather than speckled. Just my opinion.