View Full Version : Bluebell woodland - WIP

06-25-2007, 07:57 PM
I have always adored blue bells - the enchantment of seeing a field of them in bloom is one of the most beautiful sights in this world!
Celeste's stunning walk through the blue bells had me searching for a reference and I was given permission by Flickr photographer Avalgo.
It has been very difficult to photograph - the blues oversaturate
will prob add more glazes. Critiques appreciate

06-25-2007, 08:13 PM
Glorious sunlight. Good depth and shadow. I've never seen bluebells irl, would love to!

06-25-2007, 08:24 PM
Ruth, you caught the sunlight perfectly and love the glorious bluebell color. Overall, I like the painting a great deal. One area that bothers me is the tree at the edge on the viewer's right. It is such a solid vertical form and in one sense is a good stop to keep the eye from going out. On the other hand, it vertically aligns with the frame. I'm not sure if that is good or bad but I would rather see a break between the tree and the edge of the canvas. The tree could even be slanted inward a bit to keep the movement inside. Just my thoughts, and hope you don't mind.

06-25-2007, 08:30 PM
Thanks Linda and Ann, Excellent advice regarding the tree - I left it in to stop the eye being led out , but it does really need to be used to bring the eye back in - a bit of tree surgery coming up!!!!!

06-25-2007, 08:55 PM
Nice, Ruth, very nice. One thing that might also help are some deeper glazes at the edges to aim the eye to the "path" your emphasizing.

06-25-2007, 09:24 PM
Just lovely! I really like the shapes of the tree trunks and the details in the foreground. :clap:

06-25-2007, 09:49 PM
this is beautiful Ruth! Perhaps a daffodil walk next??

06-26-2007, 01:09 AM
Thanks Celeste, Gayle and Lulu
I've done a little more:
some close ups to show colours a little better

06-26-2007, 01:30 AM
absolutly gorgeous

06-26-2007, 01:33 AM
I've fiddled with the photo and this is more like the painting - a bit darker

06-26-2007, 02:14 AM
This is gorgeous, Ruth. The contrasts are excellent. :)

06-26-2007, 04:21 AM
wow wow WOW!

06-26-2007, 07:22 AM
Oh yes, that's even better Ruth! Pulls the eye back into the scene much better.

06-26-2007, 08:07 AM
Thanks Dreamz, Celeste , Lulu and Ann for your kind, encouraging comments.
I'll live with this for a little to decide where to to take it.

06-26-2007, 08:19 AM
This is great. I love the lighting, and colors. Jan

06-26-2007, 02:27 PM
Beautiful Ruth! :)

06-26-2007, 03:24 PM
Thanks Jan and Debs!

06-27-2007, 11:37 AM
Beautiful, Ruth. Your quest for perfection is wonderful. You must be a very trusted surgeon.

06-27-2007, 12:07 PM
I've fiddled with the photo and this is more like the painting - a bit darker

Your changes rock! What a beautiful piece. :thumbsup:

06-27-2007, 12:18 PM
Ruth, I love the colors and light. :thumbsup:

The only critique I would offer is that there is a tree almost dead center (just to the left of the big one) that blocks the view. It forces the eye (my eye anyway) to want to go hard to the right and find a way around it. This is a case where the photographer didn't have the freedom to use a chainsaw to remove the tree, but the painter can pick and choose :D

06-27-2007, 02:33 PM
wonderful sunlight! I do think the solid blue patches of flowers in the back are - well - too solid in a way. They jump out at me a bit. Since the flowers aren't growing that densely in the front I'd probably loosen them up in the back a bit too. Of course, in perspective they will appear more like dense patches in the distance. But at least to me on my monitor, they look a bit like blue walls instead of flower patches. Might just be my set up here or the reduced scale on screen.

But overall it's lovely, I'm tempted to stroll right in there!

06-28-2007, 07:52 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys - this is an ok painting - but will probably get gessoed over for another experiment as i don't love it as such

Bill - the tree was dead center in the photo and I moved it over because I really liked the dappled light from the leaves on the trunk and the shadows on the trees beside it.
Believe it or not I actually started this as a composition exercise - placing the trees where i thought they looked best rather then following the photo :lol: how sad is that :wave: :lol: - sadly lack the skill to actually get that across in my painting - maybe once our big move is over and we have somewhere to live again in a month or so I'll revisit and try again .....

Oliver thanks for the point regarding the banks of flowers - although they look solid in the photo - you are right and they look too heavy - another thing I don't like about this painting.

I would love to do landscapes justice one day and these critiques are so helpful to understand the things that don't work in my rather tragic landscape attempts so far.

06-28-2007, 09:25 AM
Oh Ruth...this is gorgeous! I want to walk right in there! I love your work too :)

Selahs art
06-28-2007, 09:32 AM
Wow this is stunning


06-28-2007, 09:52 AM
What marvellous depth you have created Ruth:) I feel as if I can keep walking deeper and deeper into your work.

06-28-2007, 11:18 AM
Looks somewhat like our Bluebonnets in Texas and they are awesome!!
Great painting

06-28-2007, 03:49 PM
This is so beautiful. The flowers pop out and the lighting is great. I would love to take a walk through there too. .

06-28-2007, 04:03 PM
MAN I get busy for a while and turn my head, next thing I know you are Van Gogh/Monet reincarnated! Slow down woman. I can't cope!

This is simply amazing. You so ROCK woman! We HAVE to organise a painting weekend sometime. I just gotta see you at work.

06-28-2007, 07:35 PM
Gees guys, you are all to kind - maybe I'll forgive the painting and give it a chance - .........

Lady Carol
06-28-2007, 09:38 PM
Amazing Ruth. What can't you paint?

06-28-2007, 11:13 PM
will probably get gessoed over for another experiment

Don't you DARE!!!!

Selahs art
06-29-2007, 06:22 PM
Don't you DARE!!!!

I agree


06-30-2007, 07:01 PM
Oh no, I agree with the above, please don't paint over this.:crying: Such a beautiful display of blue blooms in the woods. So many of us love it. It's a wonderful painting! Please frame it instead!!!! :D


07-01-2007, 06:19 AM
Lulu, Retha and Elizabeth ..... thanks a mil - you make me laugh.... I like to keep some canvases for experimenting - it means I don't take it too seriously and can be a tiny bit more adventurous!!!!!!

07-01-2007, 08:29 AM
I think we should keep all the paintings we've done to completion for reflection. They're lessons in themselves.

07-02-2007, 01:02 AM
Ruth, this painting is so inviting! I can just imaging walking through this - very beautiful with a definite wow factor!

07-02-2007, 01:09 AM
Hey Christine, we're moving down to Hamilton to live for a while next week - must keep in touch!!!!!

07-02-2007, 01:41 AM
WOW what a stunning painting

I love the blue bells floating in he breeze, whispering there secrets as the old giants speak of past times!

Stunning work!

Silent Jaguar
07-04-2007, 03:21 PM
That's a really pretty picture!

Charlie's Mum
07-04-2007, 05:35 PM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

:D :D

(Everything else has been said) :lol: