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12-27-2009, 01:34 PM
This photo captured my imagination the very first time. Thank you Elizabeth and your talented sister. 2 hours in and so much more to go. Wet-on-wet is very difficult for me so it is time for for rest. Never had "Leaves 104" so the lower tree is giving me fits. Also unsatisfied with value in the tree trunks and the other leaves. When it dries some, those problems should be overcome. Oil painting on a 16 x 20 canvas panel.
Enjoy :) .

12-27-2009, 01:38 PM
Good start!:)

12-27-2009, 01:59 PM
:wave: Hi Fred! WoW! You're off and running on this, and it's looking wonderful so far. I'm working on the same one presently so I can relate to the problems you described. My sister will be thrilled to know yet another artist has chosen one of her references and not only that, one of her backyard! I'll be back to check on this as you progress or for the finish! :D


lady of colors
12-27-2009, 02:10 PM
Hello Fred ... I love what you did so far ... just need to ad the leaves if you want to ... I am working on the same one too ... I donīt do too many trees, they are not the easiest to do ... good job

12-27-2009, 02:53 PM
It's looking good, Fred! I can't wait to see it finished! :)

12-27-2009, 03:18 PM
Hi Fred good start nice palette I'm watching

12-27-2009, 04:07 PM
Welcome to the WDE (I don't recall "seeing" you here before). Wonderful start to your painting. Wet into wet is a specific challenge - good job.

l Heather l
12-27-2009, 04:37 PM
Hi Fred, nice start! The leaves look like they are coming along very well! :)

lovin art
12-27-2009, 04:48 PM
Fred, nice start on this, cant wait to see the finish!...


12-27-2009, 06:08 PM
Beautiful start Fred...will be watching to see it finished.

12-27-2009, 06:49 PM
Fred, nice start on this creation. ~!~Crowie

12-27-2009, 08:38 PM
this is a great beginning, I'll be back forthe finish :D

12-27-2009, 08:59 PM
Connie, Elizabeth, Jamila,Beth, Robert, Eyepaint,Heather, Sandra, Linn,Crowie and Justjean - thanks for all the comments and encouragement. Maybe Tuesday or so I will go the 'next mile'. Still have to tackle the azaleas.

Eyepaint: been on WDE for the past month or so but have tried various challenges with colored pencil which I am trying to learn. Lest than two years of pencil while I have been painting in oil about seven years.

Again, gratias all!

12-27-2009, 11:20 PM
Good start... love the scene... found that tree very problematic. It will probably work well when you get the foreground in...

12-28-2009, 12:13 AM
Love the colors you are using. Hope to see the finish of it.

12-28-2009, 11:15 AM
this will be a beautiful piece Fred, looking for the finish

Joan T
12-29-2009, 10:59 AM
Nice start to this!!! I'll be watching for the final version.

12-29-2009, 12:49 PM
I hope you get back to it today. Your painting has a lovely dream like quality. Don't fuss about getting the leaves right and perfect. Just go for it. Get the colour of those leaves and flowers down. Don't worry so much about the actual shape of each and every leaf. You can do it!

12-29-2009, 02:57 PM
Your reflections are looking very nice! :thumbsup: Nice palette too...

12-31-2009, 05:17 PM
A few more hours into it and here are the results. The azaleas became impatients ! Enjoyed this scene! Hope that you do too! C&C are always welcomed! Enjoy!:)

Have been working on this one too. Wish that the results were better. Learned once more that yellow is not a goodcolor to enhance far away trees as they really belong to the bluish green trees as they fall farther away in a scene. Oh, well, we are trying to learn! And the rocks and boulders were coming along so well! Thanks Elizabeth for all your dedication
and talent. :clap:

12-31-2009, 05:53 PM
:wave: Fred - your July river scene is SO pretty! I love the bright flowers in the fore. I think these might have been impatiens all along. (I'll have to ask my sister for sure)! I've had trouble finding the right color or colors for the distance too so you are not alone. I finally arrived at blue green so we're on the same wavelength. Wonderful outcome on this, and I like the progress on the other landscape as well!

Happy New Year to you and I'll "see" you in here 2010! :D


lovin art
12-31-2009, 06:11 PM
Fred, i really admire that your willing to try somthing different and not look at it as a loss but a learning curb, way to go, its really what arts all about for me! love both of these there wonderful!