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Old 02-08-2018, 05:27 PM
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Trees, Fog, Sun

This is an 11x14 pastel on sanded paper. I'm planning on doing a 16x20 version so I want to work out any problems on this smaller one.

This is part of the river bed that is usually dry but was flooded last year. Some sand dunes were created and short grass has grown in some areas. What struck me about this morning - besides the bright sun coming up behind the foggy trees - was the frosty dew on the top of the grass. I don't think I really caught that in this painting, so any suggestions in that area would be helpful.

For the larger version, I'm going to be a lot bolder with the orange sky. I'm going to make it more saturated and extend further to the right and left. I struggled back and forth with how many tree limbs to draw and how defined to make them. I hope I've struck a balance but I'm not sure.

All suggestions will be appreciated, including a better title.

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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

There might be more soft and darker shadows coming forward from the base of the trees. The whole base area would probably be shadowed quite a bit with the low sun.

Love the comp & soft effects in the upper areas..
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

Thanks JMW. I’ll darken that up a bit. I think that will also help bring the front grass forward.
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

Beautiful work. nice style. tree limbs look great and not over done. Perhaps some warmer values at tree tops closest to sun... just a thought. Maybe depends on how warm you want that sun to be. Beautiful painting
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Thanks Rich. This was a December, early morning sun so I don't want to go too warm on this.
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Thanks Rich. This was a December, early morning sun so I don't want to go too warm on this.
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

I like the soft glow this has with light coming through the misty trees and cool palette- extending the orange would be good, but don't think intensifying the color would fit. Some red/orange touches in the trees might be nice. The grassy areas might be 'flatter' in contour?
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

Thanks for the suggestions, Ken. I see what you mean about the contour of the grass. I was trying to establish some ‘rhythm’ in the painting but maybe I overdid it a bit. I’ll keep your suggestions in mind as I work on the larger version.
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

Beautiful pastel painting
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You have some good advice from the members.
I like this; is has a lovely mood and great soft color combos. Nice.
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Beautiful scene!

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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

I love the loose feeling of your painting. As to the title “...First frost at Foggy Bottom river bend...”
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Re: Trees, Fog, Sun

Derek, I have gotten some good suggestions here. This is a great resource.
I was never told that I was related to Maurice Prendergast, but then I wasn't ever told that I wasn't...

Thanks Ernest.

Rabbitone, I like your title but it doesn't sound very California-ish. It kind of implies that there will be some snow coming, which is a rarity here in the Great Central Valley. Thank you so much for the "loose feeling of your painting." That made my day.
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