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mooz49
01-11-2012, 04:29 AM
How can I make this painting less gloomy?
I just want it to be relaxing and inviting but not sad...... :D :crossfingers:
It is 20" X 30 " acrylic on canvas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2012/27632-Trees_in_forest.JPG

chammi kaiser
01-11-2012, 04:43 AM
Ann, I think it is a lovely painting but when you use a blue rays of light there , a painting always seems to have a wintry feeling. Perhaps if you brought a more golden light with touches of the same colour on the ground beneath the trees into the work, it would cheer it up. However, I personally like the misty feeling in this one.

timelady
01-11-2012, 08:50 AM
AGree about the blues. Try making your sunlight warmer, tones of yellow? Put that colour on the highlights of the sides of the trees too. You've got a good start! :)

Tina.

Sixoclock
01-11-2012, 10:11 AM
I third. I'm still learning myself but I think using some nice golden tones and maybe even some nice warm browns/oranges for the light on your trees might be nifty. I also agree that it really is a lovely piece!!

ArtMarkie
01-11-2012, 12:34 PM
I think the grass areas could be lightened up in places.

Kathrin G.
01-11-2012, 02:27 PM
lovely work already Anne :clap:
But I agree with Chammi, golden light rather then blue should cheer it up in no time :thumbsup:

susme48
01-11-2012, 02:58 PM
Lovely as is, but I agree with the thoughts above...light and color seems to set the mood of a painting, and I sometimes find it hard to decide what to use.

paznbaz
01-11-2012, 05:53 PM
The idea is great , I think the highlights on the ground in the background need to be brighter ( still in low colour value) and in the foreground brighter and dappled ( with the stronger colour )


Paul

Raymo
01-11-2012, 08:39 PM
What about a nude woman ? That would make it less gloomy. Well, I think it would.

gaykir
01-11-2012, 10:48 PM
I don't find it at all gloomy. I Love it!

OkeeKat
01-12-2012, 12:13 AM
Its a great painting, love the glow in the mist.
If you wish you could make it more pale golden/yellow mist with the morning sun, rather then the cool mist look.
Maybe even a few more branches with few green leaves yet might help.

skappy
01-12-2012, 02:02 AM
Hi Anne you have good advices above .I like it as it is
Robert

mooz49
01-12-2012, 04:25 AM
Chammi, Tina, Pawn, ArtMarkie, Katie, Susan, Paul, Raymo, Gayle, Kathie and Robert...... thank you all so much for such helpful and encouraging comments. It is much appreciated.
Raymo.... I was doing this painting for my brother-in-law and knowing him I think he would appreciate your suggestion ....:lol: :eek:

timelady
01-12-2012, 07:07 AM
I've changed my mind. I'm with Raymo now. ;) Just jealous I didn't think of it first.

Tina.

Raymo
01-12-2012, 10:42 AM
Ohhhhhh, I like you girls....:heart:

Zena
01-12-2012, 11:08 AM
Yea.I love Raymo's idea too,that would really bring it alive! Hehe

Raymo
01-12-2012, 11:20 AM
Yea.I love Raymo's idea too,that would really bring it alive! Hehe

Oh looky....:wave: ....there's my Zena !

Raymo
01-12-2012, 11:23 AM
Soooooo, it's been determined that Mooz adds a nude self portrait of herself to the painting to cheer it up. I feel better already....:evil:

Zena
01-12-2012, 11:34 AM
Oh looky....:wave: ....there's my Zena !
Yup,thats me! How you do'in dar'lin,getting any painting done lately>??Hugz:)

mooz49
01-12-2012, 11:44 AM
I've changed my mind. I'm with Raymo now. ;) Just jealous I didn't think of it first.

Tina.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Zena
Yea.I love Raymo's idea too,that would really bring it alive! Hehe
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Raymo
Soooooo, it's been determined that Mooz adds a nude self portrait of herself to the painting to cheer it up. I feel better already....
:eek: .....trust me Raymo ..... that would not enhance the painting .....:eek: ....although it might give folk a laugh .... :o :o :o

Raymo
01-12-2012, 12:56 PM
Well, I would like to see it so just send it to me....:heart:

Did you notice that I'm Irish ?

Sixoclock
01-12-2012, 01:00 PM
Raymo is correct -- everyone loves zee boobies. :3

tony1
01-12-2012, 01:24 PM
I agree that you can do the yellows/warms, but I don't think it's gloomy at all. I kinda like it as is.

The one crit I have is the first blue tree (about center) I'd add a touch of brown, not make it all blue. Kinda like what you did with the one on the left, to some degree. But that's really nitting.

Nice one as is, like it.

mooz49
01-12-2012, 01:32 PM
Well, I would like to see it so just send it to me....:heart:

Did you notice that I'm Irish ?
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I notice that you say in your profile you are from Ireland ..... but for some reason I think you are American .....

mooz49
01-12-2012, 01:35 PM
Raymo is correct -- everyone loves zee boobies. :3
:lol: :rolleyes: ..... where is this thread of mine going to .....:eek:

Side note: Has anyone posted in the chat thread today? I posted twice but none of the posts show up ..... very weird ......:confused:

mooz49
01-12-2012, 01:35 PM
I agree that you can do the yellows/warms, but I don't think it's gloomy at all. I kinda like it as is.

The one crit I have is the first blue tree (about center) I'd add a touch of brown, not make it all blue. Kinda like what you did with the one on the left, to some degree. But that's really nitting.

Nice one as is, like it.
Thank you for that Tony .... :D

mooz49
03-06-2012, 04:44 AM
Well this painting has been sitting about for nearly 2 months now and it has had a few changes done to it in that time. :eek:
I kept changing it and could never get happy with it. :(
Now I am happier with the way it is looking ...... but .....what do you think?
Raymo .... the nude is hiding in the green bushes :D ..... you can see her if you look closely enough ..... :lol: :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2012/27632-Trees.JPG

equinewolf
03-06-2012, 07:38 AM
I think it's awesome, but I really like gloomy feeling in artwork.
Maybe add some sun or light reflections or something. :)

Charlie's Mum
03-06-2012, 12:10 PM
That's a transformation Annie!
To me, it has more interest now - it invites the viewer (to find Raymo nude? *shudder* - oh wait, he suggested a nude of you?:lol:)
.. to resume - it invites the viewer to wander in the glade now, to see where the light's coming from and what it's shining on.
I do like the distribution of light in the woods and on the ground . :thumbsup:

Raymo
03-06-2012, 01:13 PM
That's a transformation Annie!
To me, it has more interest now - it invites the viewer (to find Raymo nude? *shudder*

:mad: ....you never know, I might look really good naked.... :mad:

mooz49
03-06-2012, 02:13 PM
Thanks so much Equinewolf and Maureen ..... :D

:mad: ....you never know, I might look really good naked.... :mad:
....well we know that you do Raymo :smug: .... remember the photographs that Chammi took when she went to visit you in the tent :D :D :D ....she has been letting us all see them .....:D :D :D :eek:

Patrick45
03-06-2012, 03:15 PM
How about some flowers? Some azaleas? There is a place near Atlanta called Calloway Gardens, which your painting reminded me of, and it is filled with azalea bushes along paths like this.

Karen70
03-06-2012, 03:47 PM
What a transformation - I really like it.

mooz49
03-07-2012, 03:37 AM
Thanks Patrick and Karen ....:D

skappy
03-07-2012, 07:45 AM
Wow! this is wonderful Anne I loved the mood in the previous version and I think you preserved it and make it even better:clap: :clap:
Robert:cat:

susme48
03-07-2012, 11:35 AM
Beautiful, Anne!!

Jenni46
06-14-2012, 09:41 PM
Very nice Painting Ann.

GardenMaven
06-14-2012, 11:04 PM
I like the painting as it is. I do agree some gold tones in the ground and trees would liven it up. However I painted a tree with rays bursting through using pale yellow for the rays and didn't like the result at all. I like your blues much better. Sandi

Margaret 59
06-14-2012, 11:27 PM
Hi Anne, years ago I painted a similar one of the NZ bush, can't find it now, but the light was a beigey colour as you have in yours and I think it would improve yours if you made the blue that is left in the painting, the same as the rest of it.