View Full Version : W.I.P My first time painting from a reference photo...

05-29-2015, 06:28 PM
The photo is by Lois Bryan and is called A Gentle Summer's Evening! I found it on Pinterest! A stunningly beautiful landscape photo by the way!
Hope I do it some justice....I'm really pleased so far....things still can and probably will go wrong somewhere along the line oh well that's what makes me better messing up and remembering the solution and experience HELP's a lot!!
But I'm a newbie I guess you'd call me,been about a year since I first started with pastel and 2 years into watercolors with some pleasing results usually when I'm working small sometimes maybe 5"x7" 8"x10"! You can check out my artwork on Facebook...Jason Michael Rodriguez
Of Worcester,Massachusettshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2015/1190917-IMG_20150529_181049.jpg
For the foreground grass in shadow I'm not sure whether to use the dark green Mount Vision (the 2"x4 shadow)or the really dark green-blue Mungyo pastel?!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for commenting.oh I almost forgot the reference photo...

05-30-2015, 04:42 AM
I really want to render the sky better!
Any suggestions?!
It's always greatly appreciated!
And here it is at this point.
Again definitely needs something in the foreground the darker green is a cast shadows from a tree just outta sight. Any suggestions?!

05-30-2015, 08:04 AM
The sky could be lighter, you got the good idea to make it a gradient lighter at the horizon but it's the source of the light. That makes it probably the lightest area in the scene. Look close at the clouds in the photo. The edges of lighter and darker areas tend to be more wispy and loose. Variegate color and value within the clouds and in the large areas like the grass.

Great layout and you got good perspective on the buildings. I like the way you did the fence. A few touches of gold into the grass or violet in it can help liven it up, keep it from being monochrome.

05-30-2015, 10:09 AM
I think acts a difficult photo to copy because there is strong sunlight coming down on the grass and the silo but we don't see any of that in the sky because of the departing/looming storm. I think it's a lot to handle, myself.

You're making great progress. Maybe watch the angle of that shadow from the post. That tells us where the sun is. I'll be back.

05-30-2015, 02:30 PM
Thanks Robertsloan2 I'll try a violet to maybe tone down the yellow.

Good advice Jay!!
I think I'll move the angle of the shadow down to the left I'll post it. Thanks again!

05-30-2015, 03:38 PM
I've toned down the sunspots in the foreground and put a few flowers in the field and adjusted both posts just slightly.
I think it's wrap,I'm not dissatisfied but bot over the moon about it but it's my first interpretation of representing colors from a photo on my phone so I'm happy about that?.