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Moises Menendez
05-26-2015, 05:38 AM
I am new at landscaping, and I am trying this work from a reference photo. I would like to have C&C's, please.
The work is being done on a toned gatorfoam board, 9X12, using soft pastels.
This is a snow-capped mountain in the Peruvian Andes.


05-26-2015, 11:48 AM
I think you've got the start of a powerful painting! It would help to see the reference photo.

water girl
05-26-2015, 12:24 PM
Welcome! Yes, the reference would be great. That said, your colors are bold and there is a sense of drama. Very nice.

Moises Menendez
05-26-2015, 05:23 PM
Blayne, Watergirl:
Thank you for your comments. Here is the reference photo and the painting.

05-27-2015, 02:18 AM
Wow, that's spectacular! I love your intense colours.

Moises Menendez
05-27-2015, 07:06 PM
Thank you Donna. I wanted to copy the significant contrast of the mountain and the background on the photo.

05-28-2015, 03:10 PM
Great work. Love the iPad stand too.

05-28-2015, 05:33 PM
You did a great job! I like your selection with the yellows. Sometimes a yellow can be too intense for my liking but your painting is perfect. Pam :wave:

Moises Menendez
05-28-2015, 07:31 PM
Jay, Pam:
Thank you for the comments. I have done portraits for a long time and I want to start on landscaping and exploit the values and the complementary colors for good contrasts.

05-29-2015, 04:06 AM
You have done a very good job copying the photo.

However, I would like you to bear in mind when working from photos of this kind, thattThe only way that the photographer was able to capture such a shot is with the use of specialist equipment - filters and suchlike. It is unlikely you would find quite the same effects in real life.

I feel it is quite important that you are AWARE that you are producing what is, actually, an artificially-created landscape scene.

I would always advocate working from life, in order to allow your eyes to do the work. Then, any photo you take (and I always feel it is best to work from one's own photos) becomes back-up material, to help you to realise your own creative vision.

although it might be helpful for practice purposes to copy a photo, if the camera has done a great job all ready - what is the point in doing a direct copy? It is food for thought. To my mind, imitation is one thing, creativity is another.

Moises Menendez
05-29-2015, 06:37 AM
Thank you for your comments. You are right about the photo since the contrasts are really dramatic and I copied the same effects since, well, they were dramatic! As you know I am new in landscaping and I am trying to get more involved by practicing more and get more natural looking reference photos since I have no time to work from reality at this point. May be in the future I will be working from life. You had a good point and I really appreciated your thoughts!

05-29-2015, 12:48 PM
Good, I am glad you did not think I was too harsh. Of course, drama is fun to paint. But if you want to learn about landscape painting you need to work with photos which are much more natural looking. Weather can bring dramatic effects, as can evening or morning light. Look out for those kinds of photos, rather than photos which rely on special filters.

Moises Menendez
05-29-2015, 05:26 PM
I want that kind of critique since that is the only way to learn this art form. In fact, I mentioned your comments to a photographer and he agreed with your comments! thank you again.