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Old 08-12-2018, 03:55 PM
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Tree on a hill

Hello,

I was inspired by a giant sycamore tree near my house to do this painting. As usual, I used Bob Ross Wet on Wet method.



I have fond memories of being on a swing attached to a tree as a kid. That is another reason I did this painting.

Jared
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:08 PM
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Re: Tree on a hill

FWIW, here are my observations, some general, some specific:
In one of your first posts you said "I found joy in painting. No matter what mistakes I made in the painting, I found joy. Painting makes me happy and helps me get through my disability." That's a great attitude. For some, painting is an endless source of frustration because they can't immediately get the results they are seeking. For others, it's a joyful learning experience. The only difference is your attitude.
With a positive attitude and lots of practice, you'll only get better. Your reasons for painting this are excellent! Try to convey those emotions in your painting.
Read up on composition. Then, before you begin your painting, sketch several ideas until you feel you have a strong composition. This painting is rather static--meaning there's nothing to lead the viewer into the painting and move their eye around it. it's just there.
Then give attention to values, edges, aerial perspective, etc. This will add depth to your painting and highlight you point of interest. In this painting there is little value range and the white halo around the tree trunk and swing is distracting.
There's a lot to learn (I'm just starting, myself) but don't be overwhelmed. Just take it one step (or painting) at a time.
But, above all, HAVE FUN and PAINT! There's no substitute for practice. BE FEARLESS!!
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:17 PM
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Re: Tree on a hill

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Hello,

I was inspired by a giant sycamore tree near my house to do this painting. As usual, I used Bob Ross Wet on Wet method.



I have fond memories of being on a swing attached to a tree as a kid. That is another reason I did this painting.

Jared


Do have to say your 'wet on wet Bob Ross painting' turned out a lot better than anything I have attempted!
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:29 PM
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Re: Tree on a hill

Hello,

@Kelvin, Thanks for that comment. It is still true. I find joy in painting no matter what mistakes I make. To add on to that, I look at each painting and I think to myself, "How can I do better next time?"

This painting I posted, for example, I noticed that the bark on the tree was a little too dark. I did this yesterday on a separate canvas for more practice:



Anyway, It is also true I have a disability, as you quoted what I said a long time ago. I am actually going to art therapy now to improve my skills and to help with my problems. I think it will help.

Anyway, Thank you all for the kind comments.

Jared
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:58 PM
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I have fond memories of being on a swing attached to a tree as a kid. That is another reason I did this painting.

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That is as good a reason as any for choosing a subject to paint. I have a similar memory and your painting helped me relive that fond memory. Thank you.
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