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04-22-2007, 12:53 PM
I was inspired by Jean's Meijer Garden to finally take out this old photo and paint it. I nearly achieved my goal of painting on one layer. Silly me had started by outlining some of the trees. I managed the background ok, but where the water is I had to copy my outlines to a new layer so I could paint under them.

An interesting experience though I don't know if I'll do it that way again, lol. I think this was a suitable subject since this required a looser style than I usually do. I still couldn't let go of the details though, and ended up spending 28 hours on this. Still, it wasn't so bad doing it digitally. I would have hated this if I tried it with acrylics.

Anyway, I'm glad it's done. I was going tree crazy. There should have been a lot more small trees and branches in the foreground, but I had had enough.


Now I should get back to my acrylics.

04-22-2007, 01:36 PM
OMG I thought this was the photo! Excellent work!! :clap: :thumbsup: :wave:

04-22-2007, 02:56 PM
This beautiful LavenderFrost and it sure depicts a cold and damp winter/early spring feel to me :D

04-22-2007, 03:47 PM
This is beautiful, and well done! The only crit I have is that I think you have reflected some of the trees that are in the background and in reality I don't think they would be seen in the reflection.
Great job though and ay yi yi, makes my head hurt to think of duplicating all those trees. To tedious for my brain.

04-22-2007, 06:58 PM
Perfect..Love this painting. Reminds me of back home in New England when the snow melts.


04-23-2007, 03:33 PM
Michelle, I'm luvin' this! All of your hard work is apparent. I hope you're proud!:)

04-24-2007, 05:19 AM
I love this Michelle, nice and clean, like new snow. A small detail: the grey tree on the right which I think is foreground, thins a bit towards the bottom, which confuses the eye. Or am I reading it wrong? A small detail though.

04-24-2007, 08:50 AM
I had to come back for another look I just love the glassyness of the water! :wave:

04-24-2007, 11:45 AM
Chiers, I tried to follow my photo as closely as possible, because reflections are strange.

Barry, you could be right about the tree. The foreground was done last so by then I just didn't care. lol I'll probably fix it one of these days.

Thank you Jean, Lucy, Joel, and Marge for the nice compliments. And for coming back again Marge, lol. It means a lot.

04-25-2007, 01:57 PM
This is wonderful. I love it.
It is good to keep the drawing on a separate layer.

04-26-2007, 11:18 AM
MAN o MAN, this is fabulous, just fantastic. Great job!!!

04-26-2007, 12:05 PM
Thank you very much.

I've realized that I forget to add some information. I use Photoshop Elements and and for this picture just round airbrush in varying sizes and opacity. That's usually all I use, along with the brush and sometimes the line tool. I just got a 4x5 grapphire 4 to replace my grapphire 2 that died a little while ago.

04-27-2007, 04:29 PM
Very well done. I love the water reflections, top shelf.

04-28-2007, 12:39 PM
Thank you Bob. :)

04-29-2007, 08:41 PM
WOW, It goooooooooood!

04-30-2007, 12:14 AM
I love this Lavender:thumbsup: I can almost feel the chill off the water.

04-30-2007, 12:13 PM
Michelle, I almost missed this one! I am glad I got to see it. Amazing tree work and good reflectives as well! very pleasant! :)

04-30-2007, 12:51 PM
Thank you Frank, Annie, and Kirk. When I look at it all I see is the mistakes, lol. But your compliments make me happy.

05-06-2007, 02:07 AM
Wonderful work. I love the feeling of depth that you've captured!

05-06-2007, 01:36 PM
Very nice.

05-06-2007, 01:52 PM
Thank you, both of you. You might be interested to know that I basically used the same colours through the whole painting and just changed the way I used them.