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Johannes Instructor
12-12-2011, 10:51 AM
Here are two reference photos to do your painting from. You have to alter them a little to suit your design. Do not fall into the photo traps. Just because these photos are coming from me does not mean they are pristine for painting. They are just references yet quite strong in visual support. (At least 75%) Pick any of the two. Good luck!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2011/135220-IMG_4574.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Dec-2011/135220-IMG_6570.jpg

Amandine
12-12-2011, 12:28 PM
The first one talks to me. :heart: Will give it a try.

Donald_Smith
12-12-2011, 12:43 PM
I like both photos. I'll see if I can find / make the time to at least paint one of them, if not both.

Donald

Tonalist
12-12-2011, 02:11 PM
Johannes..
Out of curiosity.. do you recall where these photos were taken?
name of the place, name of the waters, country, ect.

woody

4evrAutumn
12-12-2011, 03:36 PM
Both are great. I missed the first session but will give one a try.

Johannes, what do you mean by photo traps? Not including everything that is shown? Ignoring actual colors and going more for hues that recede, i.e. cool to warm?

Diana

AlaskaDan
12-13-2011, 02:21 AM
ok, I'm late to the party. Here is my painting from week 1 on water. "Northern Glow" oils on canvas, 22x28

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2011/168427-Northern_Glow-1.jpg

Johannes Instructor
12-13-2011, 09:03 AM
I like both photos. I'll see if I can find / make the time to at least paint one of them, if not both.

Donald
Top one is almost in the town of Jackson, WY. The bottom one is in Yellowstone National Park.

Johannes Instructor
12-13-2011, 09:04 AM
Both are great. I missed the first session but will give one a try.

Johannes, what do you mean by photo traps? Not including everything that is shown? Ignoring actual colors and going more for hues that recede, i.e. cool to warm?

Diana
To answer that would take me 12 weeks which I did in my Painting Stunning Landscapes from Photos. Available here:
http://improvemypaintings.com/recorded%20classes.html

But what I did tell you this course is if you lay shimmer across the reflections that will slow down the vertical movements in the water. YOu can show rocks under water in the river scene. Create melodic lines at the river banks.

4evrAutumn
12-13-2011, 11:21 AM
To answer that would take me 12 weeks which I did in my Painting Stunning Landscapes from Photos. Available here:
http://improvemypaintings.com/recorded%20classes.html

But what I did tell you this course is if you lay shimmer across the reflections that will slow down the vertical movements in the water. YOu can show rocks under water in the river scene. Create melodic lines at the river banks.

Thank you, Johannes! Before seeing your answer, I was exploring your site and saw the photo series was for sale. I assumed I'd find my answers there so I immediately bought 1-2 & 3-4 downloads. Oh my, so much good info! When it comes to painting, I will never look at photos the same again! I'm sure I will be buying the entire series. And the mountain one, and the buildings, etc. :D

Thank you ever so much for sharing your hard earned knowledge. You are a rarity in this day of so much greed. :thumbsup:

CatherineOnTheLake
12-13-2011, 03:20 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Dec-2011/983267-WaterPicWeek2_004__Homework_Dec11_adj.JPG This is my first time uploading a pic to this site. I hope it works. Here is my homework for Water Week 2 for your review (if time permits). Thank you.

hai
12-14-2011, 05:54 AM
My painting for week 2.
I'm not satisfied about the mountain in the background. Maybe I should mute the colors in the trees at the right side.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2011/421961-homework_week_2_vloothuis_painting.jpg

shrswmn
12-14-2011, 12:46 PM
I did my homework:smug: ---looking forward to C&C

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2011/973438-IMGP5953.JPG

15x20cm, Derwent water color pencils on wc paper.

Yabut
12-14-2011, 10:53 PM
Darn. Just found the homework assignment and would love to have a go at the first picture. No way I can do anything half decent in the remaining time frame. :(

HazelP
12-15-2011, 12:02 AM
Here is my homework for week 2

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2011/915542-P1020364_edited-1.jpg

elisamaria
12-15-2011, 09:18 AM
My homework week 2.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/735472-P1060657.JPG

Looking forward to your so appreciated, instructive, unique classes. I thank you Johannes with all my heart for all you have given me through all your courses, which have been a gold mine which has developed my painting and understanding tremendously. It has been such a pleasure to be your student!:heart:
Elisabeth

judyfilarecki
12-15-2011, 01:24 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/190342-water_week_2small.jpg Week 2 homework

I also painted along with you during your oil demo. Both of my paintings are done in water-soluble oils. I really enjoy the course and thank you for giving us such great info.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/190342-water_demo1small.jpg

painterted
12-15-2011, 01:39 PM
Class 2 homework. One thing about Johannes's courses is, they they me out of my comfort zone.
2 things I have found painting this pic is, don't use rough paper for water and don't over work water.

ted



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/909312-Scan20001.jpg

pacificNW
12-15-2011, 01:57 PM
Just discovered this assignment, working hard to keep up! Had some difficulty keeping the edges in the water soft, I'm hoping the underpainting white I just ordered will help with that. I'd love some tips on how to paint sandy and rocky banks. Thanks so much for your excellent water course, Johannes I learn so much from you! :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/49552-Water_Homework_week2.jpg

beart
12-15-2011, 02:44 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/88528-IMG_1262.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/88528-IMG_1263.jpg
Homework for week 2. This time I painted without thinking as much about rules. I painted to the Oldies music which makes it more loose. I'm still having trouble doing a painting without layering and drying in between layers.

LesFromWalden
12-15-2011, 04:17 PM
This is for homework-2 of your truly informative course. Thanks.
Les Aldridge
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/966035-vloothuis-hw2.jpg

Linda Reyes1959
12-15-2011, 05:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/978726-Photo0600.jpg

Linda Reyes1959
12-15-2011, 05:17 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/978726-Photo0602.jpg the first post was a opps.

kittierue
12-15-2011, 11:28 PM
I think I must be channeling an expressionistic painter. Can't seem to get away from the brights! :smug: Oh. 6x8 oil on linen

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2011/222668-DSC_1358.jpg

AlaskaDan
12-16-2011, 04:34 AM
my interpretation of photo #2...11x14 oil on linen..:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/168427-Mountain_Pond-1.jpg

Bghis
12-16-2011, 05:18 AM
My homework for week two. I'm taking the Virgil Carter's tutorial too, because I love the loosely look of paintings. So I've tried to mix the two and this is what I came. I'm really amazed about the propreites of pigments and how they looks after rendering on greyscale :). Hope it works. Oooops, forgot to say, is the veru first time I give a try on water and on landscape.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/222609-378722_2940220829581_1382981120_33317286_369348119_n.jpg

Nahant
12-16-2011, 10:07 AM
Hi Jo. My objective was to keep the water "wet" and unified. Ran out of time for details, but enjoyed the process. I'm looking forward to seeing you paint in wc tomorrow!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/38406-HomeworkWk2.snt.JPG

Vida Evenson
12-16-2011, 11:50 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/979063-homework,-water-week-2.jpg

oil on mdf, 9 x 12

PainterTed was right.... you really do push us past our comfort zone! But what would be the point of staying in shallow waters? (no pun intended)

I put the image in photoshop elements and click "Auto Smart Fix" under Enhance. My darks usually come out darker when I do this but I really don't know how to "fix" the image to where it is in RL. Anybody know how to lighten the darks without lightening the entire image? Everything else seems to be OK.

See you all tomorrow!

HazelP
12-16-2011, 12:06 PM
I put the image in photoshop elements and click "Auto Smart Fix" under Enhance. My darks usually come out darker when I do this but I really don't know how to "fix" the image to where it is in RL. Anybody know how to lighten the darks without lightening the entire image? Everything else seems to be OK.

See you all tomorrow!

In PE try going to Enhance/ShadowsHighlights/Lighten Shadows. That may give you what you want.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/915542-Vida_pic.jpg

LadyMadonna
12-16-2011, 12:42 PM
I used the second reference photo and took the middle rock out as I thought it was blocking the viewer. I have a difficult time with composition. I knew I was in danger of overworking so I forced myself to stop .
I am not happy with it but will wait anxiously for tomorrow and your critiquing.
Thanks you once again for all the extra time you give to us ( and all those make up tips were a bonus ! )

marsva
12-16-2011, 12:56 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/48773-IMG_3496.JPG
I FINALLY got some homework done in time to post it!

Holly B.
12-16-2011, 01:29 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/217673-Water_Hmwk.jpg
Still want to tweak it a little but am wondering if the green reflections in the near right are adding anything, thought a lighter sky relection would be better since i changed the value and tone of sky and water?
Also husband says water needs to show more movement (and we have to listen to the peanut gallery)?
Big fun, thank you Jo and all!
:grouphug:

horsthh
12-16-2011, 01:30 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/95516-hw2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/95516-water2a.jpg Here is my homework, I worked on and off all week, it was a fun project, had a little problem getting the right color in the photo.
Thank you Johannes for all the work you do.

mclarkinmontana
12-16-2011, 02:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/400641-Cottonwood__Clouds_-__Comparrison_lr.jpg Trying to catch up... Did not see homework reference photos (should have):o - used a previous Work In Progress (which needed a lot of help):crying: - here is the BEFORE and AFTER with JV's insightful instruction - trying to remember and apply "Trees" and "Gold Nuggets" - keep it coming!!!:) :) :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/400641-Cottonwood__Clouds_-_low_res.jpg

MrsBeth
12-16-2011, 03:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/30777-P1010672.jpg
Only had 1 afternoon to work on this. Could not figure out where to add shimmer or not and had problems adding geese so left out. Will welcome any and all suggestions

NorthCarolinaStudent
12-16-2011, 03:49 PM
Okay, armed with more nifty technique from Jo (thanks Jo), here is the oil painting I've been working on:

NCS: Elisabeth Cline

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/774972-lwebilyvisitsthepond12162011.jpg

Artsyme
12-16-2011, 04:09 PM
homework-this is a "Frankenstein" of the 2 photoshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/95504-JVhomework-water1.jpg

aolaranora
12-16-2011, 04:41 PM
It was busy week for me, but I decided to take a challenge and did my homework too. Not very thrilled with results this time, but it is a learning material, so it is what it is. Mine is on 8x10" panel, oils, alkyd. I mover the rockes a little to let the river space to go and naturally didn't put the road it. I'm not happy with my pile of rocks. Should thought in better. Come colors need to be downplayed and some edges need to be softer and whole bunch of things better be different... But here it is.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/177144-IMG_9908.jpg

NeldaJansen
12-16-2011, 07:07 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/84957-Golden_Trees.jpg

A late entry into the homework thread. What a lovely couple of photos for us to work from. I wish I had stuck more to the color harmony, which I lost here, but I think I'll try this one again. This is a 9" x 12" on canvas panel.

Once this is dry, I'll redo the color of the sky, which got muddy here.

Nel

R Leon
12-16-2011, 07:07 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/120760-yosemite_final.jpg Had to miss part of last week and didn't get homework up either. Here is homework for week 1 (LATE!! - so sorry). Been working on this one most of the year it seems and every session with Johannes I end up changing it again. Think distant water looks too chalky. I tried too remove clones but can see some in smaller image. Darn!

This week has been a complete mess and I just got my computer back up to check homework from last week. Don't know if I can complete in time - I am a slow painter. But I will try.

Artamorada
12-16-2011, 07:57 PM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MBOi5wxIOH0/TuvoihyreBI/AAAAAAAAAOA/AmQZJO4yiTI/s512/P1030935.JPG

From Dailey at Artamorada in Islamorada, Florida Keys

Amandine
12-16-2011, 08:08 PM
There I go with my homework. Did it this afternoon. Wasn't sure how to make reflections (missed the demo). :confused: And, colors look better in reality than on the photo. :( Also, decided to rotate the photo left to right. Anyway, it's a try. :crossfingers:
Oil on canvas, 11" x 14" :

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/661062-eau.jpg

edtree
12-16-2011, 08:25 PM
This is my version of photo #1. I was especially drawn to the negative spaces in the group of trees to the right. I struggled with the reflections, particularly the ripples (sigh). Also, I would like to eventually add at least a few of those beautiful ducks. Thank you for the challenge and the lessons, Johannes!

9" x 12" Acrylic painting on watercolor paper.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/94944-6523412673_590e41bb68_o.jpg

Mary54
12-16-2011, 09:28 PM
Here's my homework.

kittierue
12-16-2011, 11:30 PM
I chose to come in really close on the second homework reference photo. This still is not as close in as I desired, but I seem to have trouble with the mental cropping of my comp. I really wanted to zoom in on the rock, log, and water around the two.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/222668-DSC_1363.jpg

R Leon
12-17-2011, 01:03 AM
Well, I actually finished it. Still trying to decide if I work better under deadline without time to fiddle with the details or this really needs more work. Well of course it needs more work! But it is an exercise and I can learn from Jo's comments what to concentrate on. Tried to remember melodic lines, no clones, ect., ect., ect. My gosh, there is SO much to remember.

I may work on this some more if time tomorrow with a pastel layer over the acrylic. Maybe that will better the highlights.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Dec-2011/120760-week_3_homework_painting.JPG

Alta Imp
12-17-2011, 02:05 AM
A last minute attempt at homework and a second try thanks to my cat... Anyways wanted to get it in for c & c and will work on the reflections when it dries a bit. 6X8 oil on canvas board.

marionh
12-17-2011, 05:42 AM
My effort for the homework.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/42113-Reflections_Water_study_800x600.jpg
Oil on canvas board, 35x27cm.

JudyPals
12-17-2011, 08:50 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/983208-11waterhomewk_800x585.jpg
Finally- here's homework! Itried to keep in mind linking large value masses, feeling of distance, interesting shapes, and of course melodic line! Those swans were tough to suggest!

tedzart
12-17-2011, 10:39 AM
Johannes: Thank you so much for these wonderful classes. You are an amazing teacher.
Sorry to be late with my homework. Just finished. Think it needs more details but like the feeling.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/180589-Water2_001crop800.jpg

CatherineOnTheLake
12-17-2011, 10:42 AM
Here is my image for the other pic. Not finished yet. Late but maybe J. can squeeze this one in as well? Thank you
!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/983267-WaterPicWeek2_007__Homework_Dec11_adj2.JPG

CatinVT
12-17-2011, 11:08 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/147827-Water2.jpg

Down to the wire. Not so happy with the results, but made the effort - Cathy

Susi B
12-17-2011, 11:28 AM
Hi - Down to the wire...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/983284-IMG_1411.JPG

Donald_Smith
12-17-2011, 11:51 AM
I did the second photo. This is oil on Fredricks pregessoed canvas, 8x10".

C&C apprectiated.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/34342-L1711-1.jpg

It's a little darker than in real life.

Thanks for looking!
Donald

Vida Evenson
12-17-2011, 12:03 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/979063-water4,600px.jpg

Did this early this week. Thought I'd submit it as well. I see I don't have the main yellow tree reflection there.... now could I have missed that?:confused:

wetbob
12-17-2011, 12:35 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/100299-2.JPG
I started wrong. the ref was a box and i painted on 16*9

kittierue
12-17-2011, 12:47 PM
I kinda like it long like that, Bob! It looks more abstracted.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/100299-2.JPG
I started wrong. the ref was a box and i painted on 16*9

wetbob
12-17-2011, 12:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/100299-1.JPG
isnt finished. done in one sitting, 16*9
-tree is in the middle
-horizon line is in the middle
WB

wetbob
12-17-2011, 12:51 PM
I kinda like it long like that, Bob! It looks more abstracted.

thnx for watching
WB

tedzart
01-07-2012, 09:42 PM
Johannes:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2012/180589-DSCF2144_0278Serenity800.jpgAs per your request, I made the adjustments you suggested. Much more pleased with the results.
Thanks so much,
Teddy

marionh
01-09-2012, 05:57 AM
Thank you for critiquing my work in the webinar.

I have taken on board your comments and made some changes. I would welcome further feedback.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2012/42113-Reflections_-_quiet_backwater_800x600.jpg

Here is the previous version which seems to have disappeared from the thread during the recent meltdown :lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2012/42113-Reflections_Water_study_800x600.jpg

Johannes Instructor
01-09-2012, 10:44 AM
Johannes:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2012/180589-DSCF2144_0278Serenity800.jpgAs per your request, I made the adjustments you suggested. Much more pleased with the results.
Thanks so much,
Teddy
Hey Ted does oils too! Looks good Ted but I would scumble some of the sky color over some releflections to offset the mirrored look.

Johannes Instructor
01-09-2012, 10:58 AM
Thank you for critiquing my work in the webinar.

I have taken on board your comments and made some changes. I would welcome further feedback.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2012/42113-Reflections_-_quiet_backwater_800x600.jpg

Here is the previous version which seems to have disappeared from the thread during the recent meltdown :lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2012/42113-Reflections_Water_study_800x600.jpg
You definitrly improved the painting. There is more eyeflow amongst the foliage cluster and the foliage is more unified. This was a good lesson for you. It wiped out an old habit.

Johannes Instructor
01-09-2012, 11:07 AM
Here is my image for the other pic. Not finished yet. Late but maybe J. can squeeze this one in as well? Thank you
!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Dec-2011/983267-WaterPicWeek2_007__Homework_Dec11_adj2.JPG
I would create the diffused edges in the background and have sharper edges in the middle ground. In my book, the entire last plane in your painting with the exception of Rocky Mountains should be done with blurred edges.

shrswmn
01-10-2012, 04:18 AM
Please help me to know how to fix this---it feels boring. I camped here in 1970 and it was anything but boring!Thanks. Looking forward to SKIES.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2012/973438-IMGP6136.JPG
Water color pencil and soft pastel on cheap water color paper that is wearing thin.

tedzart
01-14-2012, 05:03 PM
Hey Ted does oils too! Looks good Ted but I would scumble some of the sky color over some releflections to offset the mirrored look.

Thanks for you comment. Will do..
Oh, yes. I am really enjoying the oils again.
Having better luck with them in my studio when I use Safflower Oil instead of Gamsol.
Teddy

Johannes Instructor
01-14-2012, 06:33 PM
Please help me to know how to fix this---it feels boring. I camped here in 1970 and it was anything but boring!Thanks. Looking forward to SKIES.
Water color pencil and soft pastel on cheap water color paper that is wearing thin.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2012/973438-IMGP6136.JPG

The mountain shape it too symmetrical.
The background trees are way too warm for that distance and the futhest plane is the same as the one before it. All the greens regardless where they are are the same.
Two equal trees on both sides. I think you should dig up a better photo.