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literal
06-12-2001, 06:26 AM
I've just finished a painting trying to capture the effect of bright morning light filtering through some trees in a local forest. (sorry I don't have a reference photo - only sketches but I've made wholesale changes to the layout and treeline in an attempt at what I hope is o.k. composition.)... oh, and no the threes didn't have any lower limbs.... it was quite peculiar

Please Critique

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Thanks

Mark

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billyg
06-12-2001, 07:02 AM
Hey Literal,
Your scan may have washed out your colours a bit but anyway. Try to show the shadows crossing the road especially at the bottom end as it is a bit empty and there is no need to paint literally !,Put some branches in if you want to,no-one says you cant.Your tones too at the front can be a little stronger to give a bit more ariel perspective to the path/road.Hugh will be in soon to say more darks, Dont say I didnt warn you. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/evilgrin.gif
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faymcivor
06-12-2001, 07:14 AM
Yes you have an artist licience put what you like for that matter,and I agree with Billy about the shadows ,coming towards you I'd say
this could be an interesting painting when finished http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif cheers Fay

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TMoore
06-12-2001, 11:13 AM
I am not sure if this is what you are aiming for - Do you seek that atmosperic effect where you see the beams of sunlight as it passes through the air or more of it striking the surfaces only? If you want the 'passing through the air' visible you need the white of the paper to be visable in a diffused way. I haven't gotten into landscapes but I came across this technique quite by accident while doing a vignette background on a portrait. Use sedimentary based colors such as Umber. After the wash is applied and then allowed to dry rewet it and gently rub it with a soft cloth or papper towel. I did this on Arches 110 watercolor paper but I am assuming that the cold press and heavier weighted hot press will also work with this technique. Experiment on a separate piece of paper of course. If you want to bring up the color you can apply glazes over it pretty successfully so long as you don't flood the sediment loose. I would also check in at the landscape forum. I have not been there myself but I bet they will have a ton of advice to share.

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Kandiman
06-12-2001, 01:55 PM
I love the warmth in your painting!
I agree with the others about there being something "missing" in the lower left corner.

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Sandi
06-12-2001, 02:20 PM
This is so uncanny. GMTA. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
After my trip in the woods last month, I quickly painted many scenes that rocked my soul. This is one of them. This is one of the sites that we considered building our home, years ago, and we still like to visit to this day. I used a scraffito techinque for the trees, fence and house, while the paint was wet. The rest is left as it hurried off my Hake brush. I can't believe how uncanny this is! I'm glad I messed up on the scrape angle of the house & haven't put it on my website yet, or I'd be exclaiming something other than "GMTA!" http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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Lise
06-12-2001, 03:54 PM
I agree that some tree shadows will complete the painting. Hope you will re-post if you touch it up. I also like the warmth you've conveyed here.

taghera
06-13-2001, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by billyg:
Hugh will be in soon to say more darks, Dont say I didnt warn you. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/evilgrin.gif

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Thanks Billy, how did you know i was going to say that?? lol http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Yes it could do with some darks to give it a bit of depth, shadows across the path as well, try having more trees further in the distance behind the ones you have shown.
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literal
06-13-2001, 06:44 AM
Thanks one and all for your suggestions. I am working on the suggested changes including strengthening the foreground colour and trying to give it a sense of more depth. When I finish it (assuming I don't detroy it) <quakes at the thought of starting again> then I'll post it to see how its gone.

Mark

olika
06-13-2001, 07:47 AM
definitely want to see it when it is done http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Rod
06-14-2001, 06:21 AM
Has nice warmth, I agree with more darks, and the tree shadows. Would look great to see them diagonally across the painting also following the contours of the ground and path.
This would bring out the sunlight even more,
Rod.

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literal
06-14-2001, 06:13 PM
Sandi, I had a browse around your site and love the intense colours you use in your work.

The project is a good idea. I'll give that some thought. If anyone else wants to get it started that would be good too.

I see how your ranch painting is similar. I've done some work on the shadows but have reached a point of indecision so I'm leaving it a day or so to let my mind turn the picture over and decide what else it needs.

I'll repost it when it is complete.

Mark

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Sandi
06-15-2001, 12:01 AM
http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/skirkart/skirk/p3b.html and http://www.artistnation.com/members/lofts/skirkart/skirk/p7t7.html

Right after posting to you, I got busy and put a few of my quick studies on my site, along with some studies of the main Ranch house. I think it's fun having such a similar scene even though we're in totally different parts of the world.
There's a seasonal waterfall creek that flows behind & to the left of the house, which then flows through a culvert under the road. The road goes to the right and opens into a pasture with a distant beautiful mountain view.
I was hoping Rod would suggest I share them with you, as I sent him a pic right b4 I last posted, but he never said one way or the other. So, please forgive if this interferes with your ideas, and you're welcome in advance if it loosens up your playfullness, and no big deal if it doesn't do anything. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Maybe you could start a project "Woodsy Homes" or something. Wouldn't it be fun to see how unique yet how similar everyone's own part of the woods where they live are! Especially for those who haven't seen for a long time, like John Boy Walton...
Something to think about anyway...

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Sandi
06-17-2001, 10:13 PM
<b>Sandi, I had a browse around your site and love the intense colours you use in your work.

The project is a good idea. I'll give that some thought. If anyone else wants to get it started that would be good too.</b>

Thank you for your nice comments re my colors, Mark. Very much appreciated. :)

I'm LQQKing forward to your project!!