Originally Posted by oldglory
(1) Presently I am working on the foreground trying to get a little more detail in it; plus, add the vibrant colors I am looking to have - Suggestions needed -
(2) At the same time as I work on the foreground, I will be adding some of the same color ( though less intense ) to other parts of the painting -...
(4) Need more work on the sky/clouds; which I am doing off & on - Any suggestions much appreciated -
Of note: You can see I am working with a very limited palette - I basically mixed my colors on the canvas as opposed to premixing -
Hi. It's perfectly all right that you do not have a "reference" photo, that you want to do this from your memory. So perhaps one way to help you is to ask
questions, and simply to comment. You
will have to decide which comments will be helpful immediately or soon, which you might tuck away for later, which you might not use on this painting. I suggest you keep track of them so you can refer to them as you go along.
There is a section in the DRAWING AND SKETCHING FORUM titled "Drawing - Notes for the Advanced Artist" at http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1020172
If you study those lists with a big sheet of paper and charcoal in front of you, having drawn your image on it, try some of the suggestions there, you might find solutions, or at least a path forward for your major work.
For instance, in the BASICS list, you have used overlap. You're working general to particular. What else in the BASICS list can you start to work on now, trying it with the charcoal version first? (Or even pencil on 8x11 bond paper, [or smaller] to get a better idea of how something might
Do what you can with the BASICS list, then go to the GENERAL list.
I know you said this is from memory, but sometimes a photo can help jog the memory. Use some of yours, or google "images of Beartooth Mountain Wilderness Area" to help your memory.
Are you above the tree line? Even so, there would probably be bare rock, scrub brush, boulders maybe, especially on the near bluff. It's obvious that this is from Charlotte's point of view
I suggest that that large brown avalanche area be broken with maybe either another green ledge or a bunch of rocks. There is a lot of "same-ness" in areas. Even though it is dream-like and distant and vast, to my way of thinking, there would be changes in color, due to undulations of the ground and increased distance.
Since it is dream-like, the same-ness of value throughout may not be a problem if that is what YOU want. Again, try it on your smaller pencil drawing to see what you prefer. There are several photos in the images site that show what I mean.
I will point out that one suggestion in the GENERAL list is "Often use the model as a guide for drawing from imagination." (See, it's okay. it says so right there on the internet, so it must be true
(1) Presently I am working on the foreground trying to get a little more detail in it; plus, add the vibrant colors I am looking to have - Suggestions needed - Dark is needed to show light. Which means value changes
Read the PLANES list: Try to determine planes that are directly reflecting the light. All others will be slightly darker.
colors seem to appear more vibrant when placed adjacent to their painting complementary. ONE reason you may be having a problem with "vibrant" color, is that the cad yellow itself which is in most of the work IS very vibrant, so nothing else stands out. Consider glazing or scumbling over much of it, or painting over sections of the cad yellow so you can highlight specific areas.
4) Need more work on the sky/clouds; which I am doing off & on - Any suggestions much appreciated - MY
first inclination would be to paint over the sky area with a light mix of UBlue and white, and for now, no clouds. The rest of the painting is busy, maybe the sky can be a "resting place for now.
You have two really intense colors on your palette- the yellow and the Prussian blue.
Of note: You can see I am working with a very limited palette - I basically mixed my colors on the canvas as opposed to premixing - That's possibly okay, a lot of people do, including yours truly, at times. Knowing what your paints will do will help. Consider watching this video, and making a color chart of what YOUR palette can achieve:
he says: "In this video I’m simply illustrating how to make the color charts as explained in the book Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. This exercise will ... teach you what your colors can do in terms of mixing
(I used watercolor paper that I marked with a ruler and pencil)
I hope these ideas help. Use what you can and leave the rest!