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Old 03-04-2012, 05:08 PM
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Desert Sagebrush

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Title: Desert Sagebrush
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Medium: Acrylic
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Dimension: 18x18
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I wanted to paint the redness of the rocks and of the desert.

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I feel it lacks the perspective/depth of a desert scene with the huge rocks in the background. Is it because of the colours I used? How can I change it?
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:37 PM
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Re: Desert Sagebrush



I have converted your image to grey scale so you can see your values. The darks in the red rocks are as strong as your foreground accents. Try making them much lighter. You will also notice how the foreground accents are spotty looking because they are not connected in any manner. Try making them a bit lighter and use shadows or something to connect them visually if not physically. The foreground flat plane is the same color and value in the front as it is in the back near the mountain. Think front to back and lighten and change the color of the ground there. Your sage brushes are all pretty much the same size, shape and color. Again make the ones closer to you bigger and get smaller and more greyed as you go back. Save one or two to bring out the high lights as a lead in and soften the rest so your eye is not jumping all over the place while trying to get to the red rocks. You will also notice that your sky is almost the same value as the land. It should be the lightest value in this painting as that is your source of light. Then the flat ground and then the uprights should be the darkest values. This is a bright cheery painting with a few adjustments will make it really show not only the depth but the sunny day you are wanting to show.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:00 PM
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Re: Desert Sagebrush

Great observations Christine. The grayscale pic. shows all the errors. The rules of depth and distance: overlapping, cooler colours and less detail in the distance, bigger objects and stronger colours in the foreground. I thought I knew all that... but seem to forget when I paint.
I am not sure what you mean by "Then the flat ground and then the uprights should be the darkest values" You mean the ground closest to the viewer?

Thanks, that helps a lot.
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Re: Desert Sagebrush

yay, contrast!

darken the foreground contrast and stand back to have a look
before you lighten the coi mountain

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Re: Desert Sagebrush

I wouldn't lighten the whole moutain either. Just those really dark darks that show in the grey scale.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:53 AM
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Re: Desert Sagebrush

Maybe you could put a very thin layer of pale blue and a cool pale purple over the rocks - still to keep them very red, but have the look of distance with the blueish. This might slightly lighten it at the same time. Then make the front bushes darker and have more shadows. Of course it's easy for all of us to sit back and tell you what to do - when you are the one who has to paint it.

I really like your exaggerated color scheme. I think it adds interest.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: Desert Sagebrush

Thanks for all suggestions and comments. The foreground definitely needs more detail and contrast to differentiate it from the back near the mountains.

Thanks again.
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