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Old 07-16-2017, 09:59 AM
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Hi everyone!

Lately I started noticing more and more that I struggle with creating depth and conveying large scales.

With that in mind, I worked on this landscape painting:



I'm overall very pleased, however I know there's a lot to improve.

It's been a while since I actually followed a tutorial, so I think I'll do that for the next few days.
I'll put my focus on learning from someone else's method.

I hope it will spark the growth I'm looking for.

Critique welcomed as always

Paints: Daniel Smith
Paper: Arches cold-pressed

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https://pixabay.com/en/allg%C3%A4u-e...varia-1538988/

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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

Very nice .
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

Very nice, Liron.

My two cents, for what they are worth, but I think that another colour than the light blue used for the big mountains would eventualy give a greater depth sensation. Am I right?? I don't know, really. But this is the sensation I have, when looking at it.
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

You are on the right path here, Liron. Lighter colors in the background and progressively darker as objects get closer. If the mountains are forested, a light blue-green wash will suffice. Even going toward purple. You could add a secong light wash to suggest trees or another mountain range further foreward. Vary the colors in the trees. There will still be a light side and shadowed side to the foliage, especially the tree in the foreground. Let the tree overlap the horizon, don't give it a "haircut" to make it fit.

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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

This is fabulous! You make it look easy, it does not look like you struggled a bit to me! Love those mountains!
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

A lovely scene Liron, it conveys distance well with both linear and aerial perspective.

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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

You are a hard on yourself. This is a pleasant landscape

I just watched a demo by Erik Lundgren that might be of some help. Erik uses a limited palette and a more detailed approach than you seem to be aiming for. Howver, this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4fW2SJTzk4 shows layering and tone to create depth.
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

A beautiful scene, Liron, and a lovely painting! Glad you're pleased with it, you should be!
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Liron,
Well, you certainly started with good materials. I'm switching over to Daniel Smith watercolors, due to their superior quality. Arches is definitely a very high quality paper, so hats-off with paying attention to good quality paints and supports. Rosemary and Co. makes really great brushes, if you've never used them.

Your painting is a very solid work. You definitely conveyed that sense of atmospheric depth. With regard to the color spectrum, yellow is the first to drop out with distance, then red and, finally, blue. Judging from your reference photo, to my eyes, you could have included a little more green, but the painting is all that matters and you achieved what you set out to achieve, so I'd call it a success, for sure. It really is beautiful and I think you're one of those artists who "get it" and understand what you're observing when you paint it. Great job. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

Nicely done, Liron! Nice color choices, in my opinion.

Compare this result with a wet on wet technique for the farthest mountains sometime - this will result in softer edges for a hazy look in the distance.

Keep up the great work!
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

A beautiful Scene!
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You're too hard on yourself. This is good.
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

Nice scene - I would say that the farthest mountains could be done in a bit weaker wash, and also maybe a cooler blue. You can look up Joseph Zbukvic "watercolor clock" - the part on paint consistency is a great guide on how to achieve different values with watercolour.
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Re: Mountains in the Distance (conveying depth)

Thank you all for the great feedback

I started noticing a lot of these things after reading the feedback. Especially the use of greens.

Already applied it on a newer painting (that was quite a breakthrough actually). Will post it here soon.

Thanks again!
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