View Full Version : Having an Argument with Autumn Colors
09-23-2004, 10:16 PM
Ive been having an argument with autumn. This painting was simply a study , the idea was to simply paint what I saw period.
To really look hard at the autumn colors and render them. They always look too bright to me when I get them on the canvas.
What ya think ??
m r pacitti
09-23-2004, 10:20 PM
In my opinion, I dont think you are having a problem with colors, just need to focus a little more with values. Mike
09-23-2004, 10:27 PM
It looks pretty good to me, but I would work on the colors, even if it doesn't look right. When the sun shines through leaves, they tend to look unusually bright but the painting starts to really come together near the end, it won't look so odd. My advice is go for the brightness and make sure you utilize your values. Contrast can catch the eye and keep the viewer interested. ;)
09-24-2004, 01:51 AM
Looking good. I'd suggest studing values also, but in regards to color, use touches of the compliment of the color in the right value - may help.
09-24-2004, 03:23 AM
nah,looks fine to me
not to bright at all
just do a few more
and your problems will be solved :)
09-24-2004, 06:53 AM
Asteria, I think your color looks good! Just throw some darks under, where the leaves would cast strong shadows on the leaves below. The branches coming up from the trunk should perhaps be a little thicker. All in all, good job with the color aspects. :)
09-24-2004, 09:25 AM
LOL Thank you all for your comments . I appreciate them.
To be honest I was working like mad to try to keep the values a bit closer togethor because I was so afraid of making the fall colors "pop" too much.
It seems I was totally off base.I am very glad to be told I was wrong :)
Being a miniaturist, going out to paint plein air is a huge transition for me , a real challenge, I am enjoying it tremendously, but it is not prooving to be easy.
The miniaturist is concerned with making things that are extremely detailed and tiny. My canvas is never bigger then 3x3 inches when working on a miniature.Most of the time it is smaller then that.
I really appreciate all the help I get on this forum, and the great group of people here!
I am going to take all your advise today and try to work on the values to go with the color.
09-24-2004, 09:35 AM
you've already received advice on values, color and so forth.
I'll remind you to use peripheral seeing...where you look off to the side of that which you are attempting to judge. Peripherally the eyes often sense more color than when looking directly. I judge skies looking at the tree masses and ground, the shadows looking at light, light looking at the shadows.
Then...I'll end saying what many have no doubt grown weary hearing me say, but that it takes about 120 bad paintings to learn something about painting.
though I have far exhausted such numbers...I yet feel that some things work themselves out by the doing. Painting as a means of seeing, learning....where nature releases its secrets requires a wooing, a pursuing. A much doing.
Gain just enough insight of what you've learned doing this one as a means to take on the next, but always...it is the next one that is more important than what has been done.
Keep it up...its cool to see you out there Asterea...!
09-24-2004, 10:55 PM
Thanks Larry. Yup I have heard you say that before. but it bears repeating and reminds me to try to do that. Im gettin very forgetfull in me old age LOL>
09-24-2004, 10:59 PM
Thank you Jamie, You are right, that is an odd looking tree,the branches do look a bit wrong, but since the idea for the day was to paint the scene exactly as I saw it, warts, composition and all , just walk outdoors, paint the first thing I saw ,so that is what I did , and rearranged nothing as I painted it..
Though I may change it later :D :D :D
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