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07-10-2008, 09:11 AM
Since I always seem to paint trees in watercolor, it felt natural to try in acrylics. This is painted from a photo of a birch forest I found on Morguefile, and being from New England, it's a very popular tree.....it's big (24x30) on canvas, and I was hoping for any suggestions and comments, always trying to make it better! Thank yoU!

07-10-2008, 09:46 AM
Looks beautiful to me. I like it!!

07-10-2008, 10:42 AM
I've always loved the look of birch trees. It looks wonderful! The only thing that looks sort of weird is the shadows. They seem extremely dark even as they get away from the source of the shadow. Also these trees probably have branches and such, where are their shadows?
Other than that excellent work!

07-10-2008, 10:58 AM
Oooo...I can almost hear the rustle of leaves. Nice job!

07-10-2008, 11:54 AM
Very nice! Birch trees are fun to paint, aren't they?

07-10-2008, 01:04 PM
Quite Lovely!! Kinda mezmerizing!! I do think the shadows are a tad dark but the birch trunks draw you back into the forest so its not too distracting.
great job on this !!

07-11-2008, 02:46 AM
Neato--love the colors and composition as well as the size!

07-11-2008, 04:56 AM
I love birch trees too, and you have painted them really well Holly!

07-11-2008, 08:27 AM
I love the painting. I find the cast shadows a tad dark farther from the trees but that of course might be the photo or the style you chose.

07-11-2008, 10:37 AM
thank you all so much for your constructive (and positive comments)..I reworked the grass and lightened the shadows a bit, I also brought down the trunks of the front trees to make it feel like you are standing among trees versus looking at them from a distance.....and to tie it together better, I put some blue highlights on the trees....better???

07-11-2008, 11:39 AM
Good, except, now they look like they are growing out of a perfect lawn. Was that your intention?

07-11-2008, 11:40 AM
no, I really wanted a grassy field leading up to the edge of the forest....hmmmpf...how can I make it better?

07-11-2008, 12:00 PM
Love the changes. I think this is wonderful. If you want the grassy area to appear less manicured you need more texture and to soften the edges of your shadows. Your shadows are very straight and defined which would indicate they lie on a nearly flat surface. Grass is uneven and the blades are all different angles so it woukd not allow shadows to be so hard edged. Does that help at all??

I rather like it as it is but only you know what your intent is - just trying to offer some thoughts in light of your comments above.

07-11-2008, 12:19 PM
Thank you Michelle and Gayle..funny how one CAN'T see the forest through the trees...I think I solved the "golf course" look..since that isn't what I really wanted....what do you think?

07-11-2008, 12:46 PM
I love your piece.Like the colors and the feeling of freshness and happiness in it.I think the last changes improved it.Great job!Thank you for sharing it with us.

07-11-2008, 01:54 PM
Thank you Vanya..I AM always happy when I paint, and I'm glad that comes through!! BTW, I visited your blog and thought it was very nice!!

07-11-2008, 08:23 PM
Holly - Very nice correction! Now the grass looks less manicured and more natural. Good Job!

07-11-2008, 11:11 PM
thanks Gayle..I couldn't have done it without your very helpful suggestions!!

Snuzin Susan
07-11-2008, 11:52 PM
This is reallllly cool looking. It reminds of a piece I saw when I was in highschool that was an optical illusion of a knight going through a forest on his horse. It messed with your eyes. And this achieves the same effect. It is -very very- visually interesting!!!:thumbsup:


07-12-2008, 11:15 AM
Beautiful painting and great adjustments! Like the perspective...fabulous job on those trees :)

07-12-2008, 12:23 PM
That looks better now.

07-12-2008, 08:08 PM
Holly, I love the way you worked through this and improved it. This is a lovely piece and you should be proud. Stunning finish!