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Johannes Instructor
10-23-2011, 12:15 PM
Here is a photo with trees. Please represent it in a painterly way from what you have learned. Make it predominantely (not only) green but remember to vary the colors. Also there is a trap. All the trees line up equally like pawns on a chess board. Think front to back and bring some more foward than others. Create a stair case melodic line at the bottom of the trees. Feel free to slightly modify the shapes of the trees to make it more appealing. There is a hint of a mountain in the back but you can change that to an interesting sky if you wish or leave the mountain in and make it smaller and then include a sky. Basically I am interested in how you handle the trees. I purposely made it gray scale and undefined so you don't rely on the colors in the photo. The background should be predominantly lavender and atmospheric. Make the trees mid dark value, the grass mid value, the background trees mid value and the sky mid light value. Good luck! mmm maybe you don't need it with what you have learned! Wink!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2011/135220-IMG_4846.jpg

nougat
10-23-2011, 03:59 PM
hello johannes
could we have the picture in a larger size please?

Amandine
10-24-2011, 12:19 PM
hello johannes
could we have the picture in a larger size please?

You may want to save it on your computer. Then, you can play with the size as much as you want. Of course, the more you enlarge the photo, the more the quality will be lost (you'll see the pixels). But, this is not really important (at least, that's what I think) because you're gonna paint the shapes, not the trees. :)

spirothet
10-24-2011, 09:06 PM
This is a small 6x6 acrylic painting I completed based on the photo in homework assignment. Thanks, Cali

Amandine
10-25-2011, 06:50 AM
... the more you enlarge the photo, the more the quality will be lost (you'll see the pixels)

Finally, not necesseraly true. Last night, I worked the photo in Photoshop and the result is good. Still B & W of course but, this is part of the challenge, isn't it ? and a bit blurred too. Jo wants to push us a bit, which is very good. ;)

Johannes Instructor
10-25-2011, 08:19 AM
Here is the photo again. I fear I won't get not getting enough submissions if I don't make it easier.
hello johannes
could we have the picture in a larger size please?
Here is the photo in larger format. Sorry I had my zoom at 150% in my browser and thought it was bigger.

Please represent it in a painterly way from what you have learned. Make it predominantely (not only) green but remember to vary the colors. Also there is a trap. All the trees line up equally like pawns on a chess board. Think front to back and bring some more foward than others. Create a stair case melodic line at the bottom of the trees. Feel free to modify the shapes of the trees to make it more appealing. There is a hint of a mountain in the back but you can change that to an interesting sky if you wish or leave the mountain in and make it smaller and then include a sky. Basically I am interested in how you handle the trees. I purposely made it gray scale so you don't rely on the colors in the photo. The background should be predominantly lavender and atmospheric. Make the trees mid dark value, the grass mid value, the background trees mid value and the sky mid light value. Careful the trees line up at top and bottom.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2011/135220-IMG_4846_edited-1.jpg .
Good luck!

Amandine
10-25-2011, 09:34 AM
Sorry Jo. Thought you had made it small purposely to get us work harder. Well, seems I was wrong. ;)

sherrysherman
10-25-2011, 12:02 PM
LOL, Johannes! The photos are not the same. :) (Of course, since we're encouraged to make our paintings different from the photos, why should that matter?) Looks to me like the big one may be the original, but the little one looks like the left half was photoshopped - maybe keep the right half the same, remove the middle single tree, take that left-most tree, flip it over, move it closer to the clump of trees and modify it a little?

Even that provides ideas. :) ("This is how you mess with your photos to create a new composition.")

Johannes Instructor
10-25-2011, 12:21 PM
Yes it is photoshopped. I am making it a bit easier to come up with a composition but I left the traps in such as trees lining up.

Johannes Instructor
10-25-2011, 12:27 PM
Sorry Jo. Thought you had made it small purposely to get us work harder. Well, seems I was wrong. ;)
No you are right because I wanted you to add not copy. But when I was asked for a larger photo I gave in.

nougat
10-25-2011, 12:52 PM
thank you for the larger picture Johannes.

what is the point of a smaller picture if then you zoom and sharpen in photoshop? might as well have it a bit bigger to start with.

thanks Johannes :)

seagrape
10-25-2011, 01:43 PM
Hi! I posted my homework painting in student critique forum. Was that the correct place? There has been no activity there since my post......Joyce from Belize

tuzigoot
10-25-2011, 02:11 PM
I missed the 2nd class - any chance you could post the recording of it before I take a whack at this??

sherrysherman
10-25-2011, 09:32 PM
thank you for the larger picture Johannes.

what is the point of a smaller picture if then you zoom and sharpen in photoshop? might as well have it a bit bigger to start with.

thanks Johannes :)

As I understand it, that's not what he did. The larger one is the original photo. He started with that photo and used photoshop to make changes - eliminated a tree, turned another around and changed its shape, etc - to create a new composition (altho he left some "traps" to see what we would do with them). Then he posted the new composition - the small photo - for us to use as a reference. When you asked for a larger photo, he posted the original.

I would say use either as your inspiration, take out trees, put others in, change their shapes, crop in, move or eliminate the mountain, change the grass line, etc etc. :)

sherrysherman
10-25-2011, 09:35 PM
Hi! I posted my homework painting in student critique forum. Was that the correct place? There has been no activity there since my post......Joyce from Belize

As a general rule, we post the homework in the Homework thread - that is, post it right in this thread. The student critique thread is more for paintings that do not relate to specific homework or a specific course.

robertsloan2
10-25-2011, 09:35 PM
This is so different! More of the scene shows in this one. The first one gave me a good idea that will take more than a week to do a final version, but I'll do a cool little painting of it this week - at the very least a preliminary for my painting. It gave me a concept for something that could be quite large.

seagrape
10-25-2011, 10:16 PM
Here is my quick oil painting of the homework assignment. I feel that the trees need more work and maybe an echo of the orange in the distant shoreline. To me the b&w photo needed a lake. I believe the trees are abstract but just not interesting enough........Joyce

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2011/956206-painting10-24-11.jpg

pacificNW
10-25-2011, 10:23 PM
Tackled a small 5x7 of this assignment with no idea how it would turn out. I started moving the trees around and I ended up with this scene. This is my first time painting trees. I've always avoided them before this course because they are complicated. Now I think painting trees could be quite fun!

I do have a question about the foreground left tree on the hillside and wonder if it would have been better painted in shadow or dulled down? As the closest tree I painted it with the strongest colors. I wonder if it grabs too much attention to that corner? How could it be improved? Thanks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2011/49552-facebook.jpg

Johannes Instructor
10-26-2011, 08:12 AM
Hi! I posted my homework painting in student critique forum. Was that the correct place? There has been no activity there since my post......Joyce from Belize
Post homework in here so we have tidy threads.

Johannes Instructor
10-26-2011, 08:14 AM
As I understand it, that's not what he did. The larger one is the original photo. He started with that photo and used photoshop to make changes - eliminated a tree, turned another around and changed its shape, etc - to create a new composition (altho he left some "traps" to see what we would do with them). Then he posted the new composition - the small photo - for us to use as a reference. When you asked for a larger photo, he posted the original.

I would say use either as your inspiration, take out trees, put others in, change their shapes, crop in, move or eliminate the mountain, change the grass line, etc etc. :)
Remember photos only give us ideas. We copy its lines or shapes when it suits us and ignore what does not.

Johannes Instructor
10-26-2011, 08:19 AM
Tackled a small 5x7 of this assignment with no idea how it would turn out. I started moving the trees around and I ended up with this scene. This is my first time painting trees. I've always avoided them before this course because they are complicated. Now I think painting trees could be quite fun!

I do have a question about the foreground left tree on the hillside and wonder if it would have been better painted in shadow or dulled down? As the closest tree I painted it with the strongest colors. I wonder if it grabs too much attention to that corner? How could it be improved? Thanks.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2011/49552-facebook.jpg
Normally I wait until Saturday to comment on all of your homework but I can't hold off on this one. Those trees are excellent! This is what I am talking about. Big solid tree clumps forming abstract tree shapes and connecting with the adjacent trees. This being the first you do trees you definitely show tremendous promise. I don't think any artist has ever painted trees this well the first time. If I were you i would dedicate a lot of time and energy to painting. By the way the frame is typical of what top galleries display the artists' work with. All I would do is not clone the two gaps between the furthest tree. Non cloning also applies to negative space.

pastelmimigt
10-26-2011, 12:40 PM
I missed the class, also. When will we be getting a recording of it? Thanks!

Michele

I missed the 2nd class - any chance you could post the recording of it before I take a whack at this??

pacificNW
10-26-2011, 01:02 PM
Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement, Johannes.

Referring to the mental list of your tips in my head helped me tremendously to keep checking my work. I dove in with a leap of faith and let your words guide me.

I enjoy observing as much as I can from professional painters and certainly attribute the success of these trees to applying your lessons directly. I am excited by the results and I am thrilled to be in this class learning so many of the important fundamentals.

Oh, and thank you for the Clyde Aspevig pics of the cypress trees. He is another artist I will look at and study more now.

tuzigoot
10-26-2011, 02:38 PM
I post this hesitantly - pretty much a slow-moving disaster... The background started out well, but when I added the trees I couldn't get the values and contrast right. Scraped them off and tried again. Then saw Joe's comments on the painting above (I missed the 2nd class so didn't have any help from that) and realized the trees were done wrong. Scraped again and what you see is the result. This is about as painterly as I get, tho I'm making progress. :o

spirothet
10-26-2011, 03:34 PM
This is a second version of one I submitted earlier. I tried to bring forward one of the trees and I lightened the sky. I think this is better than the first!?! Cali

pamshowcase
10-26-2011, 03:41 PM
Here is an attempt...still learning about new acrylic! Plenty to improve, need help softening edges. It got too dark on me. Excited to find out how to fix.
Pamhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2011/174457-Johannes_Trees_homework_wk2.jpg

tuzigoot
10-26-2011, 04:13 PM
Much better photo - so why does my i-phone take better shots than my fancy Nikon???

painterted
10-26-2011, 05:42 PM
This is my third try at the cottonwoods, still really not satisfied.


ted


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2011/909312-PA260012.jpg

Johannes Instructor
10-26-2011, 05:57 PM
All your homework submissions will be revised in class. Please be patient. I can say much more verbally and by using the drawing tool to point things out I can make myself clearer.

HazelP
10-26-2011, 11:29 PM
Here is my trees homework - I need a lot more practice at trees I am afraid!!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2011/915542-P1020018-fixed.jpg

tuzigoot
10-26-2011, 11:58 PM
Trying to get rid of the first photo above, but can't get back in to edit. Much better version is below.

tuzigoot
10-27-2011, 01:06 PM
Much better photo - so why does my i-phone take better shots than my fancy Nikon???

Finally watched the video - looks like another scrape-job is in order...

jillmc3
10-27-2011, 02:02 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2011/153055-homework-trees.jpg

Wow, this was a real challenge for me, a very different way to paint, and very different from anything I have done before. Normally I paint very tight and very slowly, this I did in about 2 hours. I see lots of room for improvement, but I feel good for trying! :confused: Will appreciate your help, Johannes!

valh
10-27-2011, 08:13 PM
Hi Johannes
I had this mostly done....then reread your instructions. I was steering away from green trees - only to read that you wanted green trees this time. So I painted over the fall color I had used. Forgot to put the trees on the right 'back' into the picture. So I tried to fix that. Then I caught myself mucking and fixing, so I stopped there before it became a total train wreck. Sheeeesh!
Cheers
Val

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2011/40174-h_wValsTrees5.JPG

raxu
10-28-2011, 04:11 AM
Hi,

this is my first try - the sketch turned out successfully, yet I did overwork this at the end. Watercolor landscapes with depth are not that easy... I will try another approach soon (wish I would have seen your watercolor trees video already :o )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/171274-m_IMG_2746.jpg

now you have a great case to point out what went wrong...!

raxu
10-28-2011, 10:39 AM
ok here is the next attempt. had to crop the right side, all muddy colors :o

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/171274-m_IMG_2747m.jpg

I know Johannes, the soft edges did not appear as I wanted...

Moyer
10-28-2011, 11:23 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/187408-homework_trees.jpg

Laurie W.
10-28-2011, 11:25 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/58672-Tree_2_for_homework_20030101_1373.jpg
Am very glad you are doing watercolor this week. Frustrating to know it should have soft and hard edges, and not be overworked, yet not be able to execute that. Hoping Saturday will help.

crazywoman53
10-28-2011, 11:42 AM
I know this isn't the home work assignment but I painted this the first part of the week before you posted the homework assignment or the video. I think the hay bales need to be a bit larger. The colors are off a little as I had to photograph it inside with a flash. But I found it interesting to paint it after hearing your thoughts and I found your voice in the back of my head as I did this. It still needs some touch up but wanted to post it before tomorrow. I'll get to the homework one next.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/137465-class_study.jpg

alisajo1
10-28-2011, 02:29 PM
Ok - I should know better than to try and do too many things at once. I tried the new acrylics and a smaller canvas - I do not like small canvases and I am not thrilled with this - but I think it is time to stop and move on. Learned a lot in trying to make this work - but still not satisfied
Alisa

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/979307-HW2.jpg

Mary54
10-28-2011, 03:53 PM
Trees - homework week #2

rib00
10-28-2011, 04:07 PM
The photo made the right side darker than it appears in person. When I squint though it is that dark.

I think I got the 3 values close, but the painting could show more planes going back into the painting (as your demo did).

Tree shapes are so-so but I've run out of time. Worked on it most days this week.

Interested in your critique as always.

HazelP
10-28-2011, 05:22 PM
Here is my trees homework - I need a lot more practice at trees I am afraid!!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2011/915542-P1020018-fixed.jpg

I have fiddled a bit more with this one and like it better now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/915542-Trees-Homework-Week2.jpg

Sallyabc
10-28-2011, 06:57 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/599812-jv_homework_Oct_26_edited-1.jpg

Amandine
10-28-2011, 07:25 PM
Here's my homework for this week. :crossfingers: I must say it was a real challenge working from a B&W photo. No color to rely on except those in my head, trying to figure out which greens I should mix and where I should paint them. Also, I had a real hard time with the evergreens :confused: (think I'll need to practice them again and again :o ).
Oil on canvas, 8" x 10". Small size, a bit limiting ; usually I go with larger canvas ; sketched in about 20 minutes ; painted in 2 - 3 hours.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/661062-arbres.jpg

R Leon
10-28-2011, 07:57 PM
I've been working on this all week. The watercolor was muddy and the first acrylic I just gessoed over. Still not happy about my values and shapes but I need to get this in on time. I will probably do it again. Which is OK. Each time it gets better.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/120760-IMG00250.jpg:crossfingers:

Artsyme
10-28-2011, 09:16 PM
This was challenging!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/95504-jo_class2.JPG

xli
10-28-2011, 11:06 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/979242-IMG_4978.JPG

xli
10-29-2011, 02:34 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/979242-Johannes_workshop_2nd_week_homework.jpg


I repost a larger image of my painting but don't know how to delete the previous one. Sorry for the duplication.

elisamaria
10-29-2011, 07:00 AM
Painting from Johannes ref pic which I cropped and did thumbnail sketches.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/735472-P1060370.JPG

I chose this one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/735472-P1060366.jpg

Happy to be back to your fantastic classes! See you.
Elisabeth

raxu
10-29-2011, 09:02 AM
one more try, still overworked and I think the color harmony is not very good...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/171274-m_IMG_2751m1.jpg

I should have left the foreground alone? With the green tree I wanted to achieve more depth, yet somehow the tree does not hamonize with the rest...?

jackieraye
10-29-2011, 11:29 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/975853-trees_lesson_two.jpg Thank you. I see a bowl in the bottom left bush. The colors look peculiar with the flash from my camera. Jackie

Sandra39
10-29-2011, 11:36 AM
Hi Johannes:
I combined your work with the homework ref. and was reluctant to upload it because every one else is doing so well here.
I finally thought well! since I finished my homework I might as well submit it.

Can't do the background trees in violet because of the purple mountain behind them.

Sandi C.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/228319-Final_Take-2.jpg

Scotkatidid
10-29-2011, 12:48 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/174208-scan0021.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/174208-scan0020.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/174208-scan0019.jpg I did this in less than 1-12Hrs. Jo, hope it's alright had an exceptionally busy week - I decided to break up the trees in photo given and added a little waterhole road and house.

lorimccall
10-29-2011, 01:04 PM
This was painted from the first photo posted.

robertsloan2
10-29-2011, 01:19 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2011/70184-10-29-2011-Homework-Trees-Value-Map.jpg

Did this sketch in Conte with Sanguine = mid, gray = light mid, black done lightly = mid dark.

Format square and I want to keep the highlight on that one little tree in the focal area. I have a concept for this painting that's a lot more complex than this, but this is the basic layout for a square surface. I might do it in pastels or in acrylic.

SKY does not show. Just mountains in the background, so it's deep in a valley but sun coming down into it. That's the thing I wanted to remember about my idea for this painting. I just didn't have time this week to paint it. Gouache might be good.

pacificNW
10-29-2011, 05:20 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/187408-homework_trees.jpg

Moyer, this painting came out awesome. What colors did you use to paint your green foliage with? Thanks!

tuzigoot
10-29-2011, 06:18 PM
JOHANNES - don't know if you're checking this or not, BUT, if you can get the homework posted I would love it - have only until noon Monday to get something done and submitted. Thanks!!

pastelmimigt
10-29-2011, 10:02 PM
Johannes - Great class today!! I, too am looking forward to getting the homework soon as I have a short week myself.

Michele

Amandine
10-30-2011, 10:53 AM
Hello Johannes,

I'm posting a photo I took this morning, under daylight, of the painting I did for past week homework. The photo that was posted previously was taken Friday night, right after I'd finished the painting, and under artificial warm lighting. Maybe that's why it was so yellowish. I was such in a hurry to post it, I didn't even noticed it was not close enough to the real colors of my painting.

I remember you mentioned yesterday not to use lemon yellow or sap green in our paintings. I don't even own those colors, specially sap green which is made from 2 pigments ; I only buy tube colors made from one single pigment to prevent mixing mud.

So, here's the new photo, not modified in any manner, I sware. I know it's a long way from being good :o but, at least, there's less yellow in it. You may wish to compare it with the one previously submitted.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/661062-arbres2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/661062-arbres.jpg

Next time, I'll be more aware of the submitted photo, make sure of that. ;) And, I'll also practice mixing greens, again and again.

Johannes Instructor
10-30-2011, 08:54 PM
Hello Johannes,

I'm posting a photo I took this morning, under daylight, of the painting I did for past week homework. The photo that was posted previously was taken Friday night, right after I'd finished the painting, and under artificial warm lighting. Maybe that's why it was so yellowish. I was such in a hurry to post it, I didn't even noticed it was not close enough to the real colors of my painting.

I remember you mentioned yesterday not to use lemon yellow or sap green in our paintings. I don't even own those colors, specially sap green which is made from 2 pigments ; I only buy tube colors made from one single pigment to prevent mixing mud.

So, here's the new photo, not modified in any manner, I sware. I know it's a long way from being good :o but, at least, there's less yellow in it. You may wish to compare it with the one previously submitted.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/661062-arbres2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/661062-arbres.jpg
Next time, I'll be more aware of the submitted photo, make sure of that. ;) And, I'll also practice mixing greens, again and again.
Wow huge difference. Your greens are so much better in the latter photo. Next time use gimp at gimp.org to match the colors of your photo.

Vida Evenson
10-31-2011, 03:39 AM
Johanne,

I was sick all last week and didn't do Homework #2. I'm waiting for the video presentation of the third class to watch and learn. I'm just now working on this assignment, is it still OK to post it here late? My greater question is this: I live in the Greek boonies and often have a hard time getting paints. I don't have a yellow ochre pale but I do have raw sienna (WN). I have cad yellow medium (not WN and not very orangish). I have WN Cad red, burnt sienna, UM blue, viridian and pthalo blue. The #2 homework painting, I now see from your first & second webinars, is much too yellow (I tried mixing cad yellow with raw sienna as the raw sienna with white gave a greenish blech tint I didn't like). Any suggestions on how to use the raw sienna as a sub for ochre pale until I can get some?

Thanks so much. Hope it's OK to do this late....

Vida

Johannes Instructor
10-31-2011, 07:16 AM
Johanne,

I was sick all last week and didn't do Homework #2. I'm waiting for the video presentation of the third class to watch and learn. I'm just now working on this assignment, is it still OK to post it here late? My greater question is this: I live in the Greek boonies and often have a hard time getting paints. I don't have a yellow ochre pale but I do have raw sienna (WN). I have cad yellow medium (not WN and not very orangish). I have WN Cad red, burnt sienna, UM blue, viridian and pthalo blue. The #2 homework painting, I now see from your first & second webinars, is much too yellow (I tried mixing cad yellow with raw sienna as the raw sienna with white gave a greenish blech tint I didn't like). Any suggestions on how to use the raw sienna as a sub for ochre pale until I can get some?

Thanks so much. Hope it's OK to do this late....

Vida
Submit the homework in the thread of week 3. You are not specifying what medium. I use raw sienna in watercolor.

Vida Evenson
10-31-2011, 09:27 AM
Well I am just pleased as punch today! I live in the Greek boondocks where internet has never been great and I have never had the ability to take any kind of classes or workshops or anything. I started painting a few years ago with my dreamlets when they were 6-ish.... anyhow, I now have better internet and here I am. In one month I have learned sooooo much. Below is a painting I did in September, before any of the workshops here at WC. I never did plein air or landscapes in general because I just couldn't do them.....and trees......:eek: :eek: ....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/979063-first_trees_sept_2011.jpg

:o

And here is AFTER 2 (missed saturday's webinar) classes with Johannes....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/979063-homework_2_trees.jpg

I can see things that need work.... but :smug: ... I'm feeling pretty darned good with my progress :) This can only mean that Jo is an excellent teacher :)

Earlier today I asked about the colors I have.... I can see so clearly now how the cad yellow (even if it is mixed with raw sienna and other stuff) just stands out too much. It also looks pasty (especially in the photo... it doesn't look that pasty in RL. Maybe it's the camera?) I'm also new to water, especially streams/lakes. I've painted the sea before but, again, much like the first image..... can't wait for the water course!!!

Just wanted to share my excitement with others who understand the feeling :)

Have a GREAT day everyone,
Vida

Vida Evenson
10-31-2011, 09:51 AM
Oh sorry.... medium is oils. I just posted the homework here... should I move it over to Week 3 thread?

Thanks,
Vida

seagrape
10-31-2011, 12:17 PM
TestkThank you for reviewing my painting in class. Your demonstration painting was wonderful. I adjusted the waterline and toned down the colors but I feel the result is too busy. What would you do at this stage?...Joyce

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/956206-painting10-24-11.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/956206-class-103111.jpg

crazywoman53
10-31-2011, 02:00 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/137465-Fall_Cutting.JPG

Ok I carefully picked out that stick of bright green pastel and hid it for never more. Then I attempted to use the lighter dull greens I have to replace it. I think the tree on the right looks better but now think I have overworked the tree on the left. I have also come to the conclusion I need to go pastel shopping and get a greater range of values in green. I also made the yellow bushes in the background taller, but still think the hay bale is too small even though I made it considerably (I thought) bigger. Would you consider posting your finished painting of this scene so I can study it better?

Not sure if I should have posted here or in week three. I most likely won't be in class on Sat as I will be traveling in CA so would appreciate your comments here. Thanks Joe.. you are such a dedicated teacher. Christine

Johannes Instructor
10-31-2011, 07:11 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/137465-Fall_Cutting.JPG

Ok I carefully picked out that stick of bright green pastel and hid it for never more. Then I attempted to use the lighter dull greens I have to replace it. I think the tree on the right looks better but now think I have overworked the tree on the left. I have also come to the conclusion I need to go pastel shopping and get a greater range of values in green. I also made the yellow bushes in the background taller, but still think the hay bale is too small even though I made it considerably (I thought) bigger. Would you consider posting your finished painting of this scene so I can study it better?

Not sure if I should have posted here or in week three. I most likely won't be in class on Sat as I will be traveling in CA so would appreciate your comments here. Thanks Joe.. you are such a dedicated teacher. Christine
Looks very good but variegate more. Add some yellow ochre to those green trees

Johannes Instructor
10-31-2011, 07:12 PM
TestkThank you for reviewing my painting in class. Your demonstration painting was wonderful. I adjusted the waterline and toned down the colors but I feel the result is too busy. What would you do at this stage?...Joyce

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/956206-painting10-24-11.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/956206-class-103111.jpg
The composition was not the issue. The tree on the right is not asymmetrical enough.

sherrysherman
10-31-2011, 11:53 PM
[IMG]. Would you consider posting your finished painting of this scene so I can study it better?

Christine

Christine, he posted his finished painting here:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=949048&page=59

The painting is near the bottom of the page.

xli
11-01-2011, 10:16 AM
Hi, Johannes, Is there any week 3 home work assignment posted?
Thank you.

Vida Evenson
11-01-2011, 11:07 AM
xli,

It's on the Homework Week 3 thread. It's a gorgeous photo too :)

xli
11-01-2011, 12:01 PM
Thank you very much Vida, but I have searched the site and could not find homework week 3 thread anywhere. Could you tell me the title of the thread so I can search for the right title?

Johannes Instructor
11-01-2011, 01:37 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=953824

Johannes Instructor
11-01-2011, 01:38 PM
Thank you very much Vida, but I have searched the site and could not find homework week 3 thread anywhere. Could you tell me the title of the thread so I can search for the right title?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=953824

xli
11-01-2011, 02:52 PM
I got it. Thank you very much Johannes. The photo is really beautiful.

spirothet
11-01-2011, 04:12 PM
Hi Johannes,
I have been following you on the streaming video because of prior commitments on Saturdays. I did do two paintings for Homework assignment #2. I did them both in Acrylic on 6X6 canvas. I would appreciate your c&c. The one with the path or road is the second one. Thanks, Cali

Colorix
11-02-2011, 10:51 AM
Late, and very unhappy with it. Trees are my nemesis, and I've never even seen a cottonwood in real life...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2011/117343-SF-Landscape-iz.jpg

I *will* change the tree into a spaceship!

HazelP
11-02-2011, 12:24 PM
I don't know why you are unhappy with those trees colorix - I only wish mine were half as good!!!

I googled Cottonwood and it seems they are some sort of Poplar. Do they have them in Sweden? I was interested in your home country as my husband's grandfather Persson immigrated to New Zealand from Sweden.

Colorix
11-02-2011, 01:59 PM
Thanks, Hazel. Oh, isn't the internet wonderful, New Zealand is nearly exactly on the other side of the globe to Sweden, we're counterweights. Nice to meet you! Your country is high on my list of places to visit when I get rich. I too googled a bit, and it seems we do not have cottonwoods in Sweden. We have those tall and straight poplars, usually planted I think. I'm unhappy with that tree as it is not graceful, which I wanted to make it. My fault, as I skipped the thumbnail value studies and jumped right in. Now the tree is so overworked and changed and changed again that I can't get a speck of pigment to stick to it. You know, frustration when the painting fights you... "Ooops, here's a clone, change that. Dang, now it is a clone of the one on the other side, lets change that. How come the negative space is now a clone....?) :-)

Vida Evenson
11-02-2011, 04:13 PM
I agree with Hazel.... this is a beautiful rendering imho.

Vida

hewill4giveu
11-02-2011, 06:30 PM
colorfix your painting of trees are beautiful. gee i wish i could do that well. Love the softness of it.

Colorix
11-03-2011, 11:59 AM
Vida, hw4u, thanks. I'm sure J has good ideas for improvement.

Johannes Instructor
11-03-2011, 01:04 PM
All homework submissions will be discussed in class. Please be patient until Saturday.

Colorix
11-03-2011, 02:59 PM
We know, we know.

sherrysherman
11-11-2011, 09:10 PM
Not really homework for Week 2, but I'm darned if I know where to post it! This is a fast painting I did from the ref photo Johannes used (with the haybales). It's only 6x8, pastels, done in a little over an hour.

(Those of you on FB know that I managed to send my backpack sliding across the face of this on the 10-min. drive home. :) )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2011/616112-From_Class_2_demo-rev-1-800.jpg

robertsloan2
11-12-2011, 11:32 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2011/70184-11-12-2011-Dawn_in_Elf_Forest.jpg
Dawn in the Elf Forest color study
4" square
Pastel pencil on brown rough paper.
Photo by Johannes Vloothuis for "Essentials of Painting Trees" homework Week 2.

Long belated color study of this scene that turned into a mood painting. I was laying in some Prussian Blue to mass the darks and when I started going over it with the cream, it suddenly snapped together as this shadowy valley at dawn where the light's not touching much at all - except that magical little spot between the trees where presumably an unseen gap in the rocks lets the light come through.

That little bit of light in a shadowed area fascinated me. This is only one version. I intend to work this up as a serious painting, just can't do it quickly or without experiments. I might use the colors in a different scene too.