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05-06-2002, 06:01 PM
Just had a couple of hours this afternoon...but got most of the background in....will go back tomorrow about the same time and finish the birch trees that go in front.
I like the 11x14 size but I need to get faster! or simplify more!
Next day....went back at same time. Took out the birches along the bank of the small pond but left the ones at the front. Yes, they do march along in a straight line...they were all planted like that! it was a challenge to get the bark on the trees to look right! There is no color that looks like birch...lol!
05-06-2002, 11:18 PM
You've got a fine start here. Don't worry about speed or simplifying - paint from your gut. I like it!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:
Ques.? Were these stands of birch planted in evenly spaced straight row?
For composition, I would consider moving one clump or snapping one of the trunks, letting it lean to the ground - just a thought
05-06-2002, 11:39 PM
curious Carly...how long it might have taken you to do this much today? You'll need to note that somewhere, so that you can be pleasantly surprised a year or so from now at the transitions that will come for you.
You have a good start...and I love the direct spontaneous honest texture that evidences the engagement and your reaction. Very cool....!!!
05-07-2002, 12:10 AM
I can't wait to see where you go with it-- you've got a great composition here. Were you doing 11 x 14 at your workshop? I find that I spend about the same time on an 8 x 10 as I do on a 9 x 12, but I'm way too slow for 12 x 16.
05-07-2002, 09:25 AM
Larry, thanks for that idea....I'm going to start a small journal with my plein air work dating the paintings, location and time spent in painting. Maybe put a print-out of the painting with the pages...I guess it could be a 'sketch book'. It might make me get out more and paint, too!
Last night when I went out to find the cat, I noticed that my rose bush in the back had so many blooms that the arch had leaned over against my stair rails! I thought....what a perfect painting! I'm going out now to try and capture those rich red petals in paint!
05-07-2002, 09:31 AM
Looking forward to seeing this thing complete. Thanks for posting it as is .. I find it very interesting to see how different artists apply the paint to get to the finished piece.
05-07-2002, 07:19 PM
Put the completed painting above the start so you can see the outcome...and I like to see the finished product without scrolling!
05-08-2002, 12:22 PM
05-09-2002, 04:57 PM
Carly, thanks for posting the first day's work and then the finished painting. There is quite a color shift from the first to the second day. Seeing a piece in stages helps me to understand how others build their colors in layers. Since I'm pretty new to painting, I am still learning how to mix pigments or layer them to create the effect I want.
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