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Old 12-26-2017, 10:47 AM
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Wintry Evergreen

Here is my first attempt to paint a snowy scene.

This is the RIL image:





Now that's some snow! I decided to leave out the little it of building/house in the background, plus the birdfeeder pole in the foreground. I used light gray 9x12" construction paper and let it handle the sky, since it's quite overcast in this photo. I scumbled some darker grays and white in the foreground, and let the paper show through.






C&C always welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!
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Old 12-26-2017, 11:55 AM
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Re: Wintry Evergreen

I like this, but I don't think that it has an overcast feel. Looks more like the sun is out.

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Old 12-26-2017, 12:03 PM
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Re: Wintry Evergreen

Lovely!Great idea using a colored paper for this scene.
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Old 12-26-2017, 02:33 PM
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Re: Wintry Evergreen

Hi Terri,
I like the scene and you did a good job both with the tree and with the snow. I have several points of critique:
1. I agree that the drawing has a more sunny feel than an overcast feel. I think that in order to capture the cold, snowing feel you had to make everything grayer: the greens of the tree, the fence (you will notice that its color is very red), and also the snow. When you paint the snow as white there is a feeling that the sun is shining on it, whereas in the ref, the snow is a very light gray. I'd also perhaps rethink the color of the paper- the warm gray makes the scene feel a lot sunnier. The trees on the right side (the BG) are very well done, but the BG makes them stand out instead of blur into the snow. Also to get the snowy, cloudy feel, I'd use a lot of smudging and blurring.
Of course, the drawing itself it great and it stands by its own right, I think. I'm giving the critique because you added the ref photo so I imagine you wanted to capture the mood.
2. on the right side of the drawing there is a green rectangular shape which I don't really understand. It doesn't correspond with anything on the original photo and kinda stands out. I'd try and blur it out.

Good job and good luck!
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Really lovely!
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Re: Wintry Evergreen

Hi Terri,

I like this alot. The color of the paper looks like a warm gray to me...or maybe it's the lighting you have on it. Either way, it reads warm...So it looks like a somewhat sunny winter day. As if the sun is starting to burn through a heavy cloud layer.

Perhaps that wasn't your intent, but I think the painting works very well that way. What makes it work is the you got the values just right. You have less saturated, cooler colors in the back and more saturated colors in the front. That main tree really comes forward and looks great!

Well done!
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Re: Wintry Evergreen

Hey all - thanks for the comments, Ed, Christel, Tali, jlombardi, Christel and Rich! I appreciate everyone taking a look.

Rich, you picked it off - I struggle with photographing some of my work. I'm using my cell phone and trying different white balance settings, which yield very different casts. Of the WB settings I tried, this was the overall best representation, but I do agree with the comments that the paper has gone warmer. I saw it, but couldn't really get around it with my limited skills working digital technology! (And it looked better than the greenish/blue tint other settings were giving - ugh!)

Tali, thanks for the detailed critique! On the right side, early on I decided to eliminate the background building and thought a couple of tall bushes might fill in some of the frame...and I grayed them over, then drew the right-side tree over them which grayed them even more. Looks like I made them unrecognizable in their final form. The white dashes of snow on the tree are intended as highlighting only, over lots of gray and blue-gray in the tree.

I am thinking now to avoid the issues inherent with white balance on a paper that could easily be incorrectly "warmed up" like it did here, a light blue or even white paper might have been a better choice. It reads cooler in person.

My intent was to make this an overall cool scene, with the only warm colors being from the fence and some added warmer greens in the tree. To be clear, I wasn't trying for a drop-dead reproduction of the photo - it's too monotone, almost B&W, so I wanted to brighten it up somewhat.

Thanks, all!
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Turned out great
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Thank you, Karen!
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I love the deep green. Really lovely!
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Thanks so much, sonihal!
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