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09-24-2005, 01:43 PM
I am working on this painting of a creek taken from a photo. Any critique/suggestions would be helpful, as I am starting to struggle at this point. Trees not finished yet nor left side of painting.


T Christensen
09-24-2005, 01:59 PM
This is looking great so far ....I see one thing , but not sure how to fix it ...the large rock on the right looks like it is sitting in mid air ....you could leave it suspended but remove the white waterline and make it dark underneath like a shadow .........or add a small rock to the bottom right ...or do nothing :o...check that area in your ref photo ...............TC

09-24-2005, 03:09 PM
Hi Cathy - your background is great, great colours, splashes, negative painting! The rocks are coming along well too, I just assume you aren't finished with them? Rocks in water reflect downwards onto the surface of the water just like trees along the shore, so what you need is the dark reflections of the rocks in the water touching the dark shadows along the lower edges of the rocks. There can be some white splashes near or even touching the rocks, but part of every rock needs to be down against its reflection. Does that make sense? Keep going, I like your style!

09-24-2005, 03:39 PM
Thanks so much for your comments! :)

No, I am not near done on the rocks NOR the trees, NOR the water. I just wanted to get a feel from all you wonderful artists if I was indeed on the right track. My eyes sometimes have a hard time being objective, when I am so close to it. I plan on doing more and uploading another pic of it tonight. The colors I used are my favorite colors (LOVE PURPLE), so even though I did "stylize" this painting a bit, I am trying to get it to look realistic, yet colored with my own imagination, if that makes sense. Thanks again for your comments!


Granny R
09-24-2005, 06:58 PM
I'm not much of a landscape artist, but I know what I like and this is coming along very nicely. Looking forward to seeing more.

09-25-2005, 03:45 AM
This is coming along great - I know how difficult it is to paint this type of subject - I did a plein air at Kettlewell which had the same problems.


09-25-2005, 08:34 AM
Hi Catherine... welcome to the watercolour forum... I'm not a landscaper, so I will have to just watch and learn... your colour in this is wonderful...

09-25-2005, 09:05 AM
I love the colours you've chosen to use! Like Char, I'm watching and learning....a friend of mine said she's got a friend that wants me to do a landscape!!! So I'm hoping to absorb a lot of info...


Lynn Quinn
09-25-2005, 11:17 AM
Coming along great! I'm loving your colours!

09-25-2005, 01:03 PM
Hi Catherine and Welcome :wave:

This is looking great so far. I love your colours and you've accomplished some wonderful textures too.

can't wait to see more



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09-25-2005, 01:13 PM
This is the latest....still not done yet. I darkened shadows on trees on right side and did a bit of work on the water. This is the point I am that I am so afraid to "overdo" it. The left side of painting is still in beginning phases, so lots of work to do there too.

Any suggestions, ideas, critiques thus far? Is it getting too dark? I am really struggling with this...some parts I like, some parts I do not and not sure how to fix them. I am even wondering now if the trees on right side even look like "trees" or foliage. Maybe I need to take a rest from it and look at it again later with "fresh eyes?"

Thanks for your help....you all are wonderful:)

09-25-2005, 01:18 PM
Wonderful texture on those rocks, Cathy.

Trees look excellent to me.


09-25-2005, 03:54 PM
Don't worry, it's not too dark, Cathy. I think you can go darker on the bases of the rocks, in fact, and also beneath the trees/shrubs (more like shrubs to me) on the right. The foliage is beautifully done!

T Christensen
09-25-2005, 04:18 PM
Its looking great ...never too dark , the darker the darks the lighter the lights . Love the way you float your colors into each other..especially like the spot of BU? , its a good compliment to the purples . .......TerryC