Originally Posted by JDawg_97
I've noticed every time I've attempted a fall scene it ends up looking like an amateurish piece of .... it's extremely frustrating & my trees in general are absolutely horrible especially when I try to rush them... do any of you have any patience for sell?
A dear member of this wonderful forum, Larry Seiler, taught me many years ago to "stop painting trees!!!" I questioned his comment in that as a plein air painter, trees are part of our composition. The next words he wrote inspired me to open my eyes. Larry mentioned that I should spend time looking at, feeling the texture of and observing how the light is reflected off of the leaves, the bark, etc., and instead of painting "trees," paint the light I see reflected off of them.
I credit Larry with "opening my eyes" to see what I was missing, and in doing so, he gave me a wonderful way to express what it is that attracted me to the scene I was painting. My "trees" and other things began to take on another whole new dimension in my expression.
See those failures as opportunities to learn from and become better. I still have junk paintings I did years ago as reminders.
I wish you all the best!