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Old 07-31-2016, 08:47 AM
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Landscape painting in Silhoette dilemma

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I would like to paint this church photographed in silhoette but I am not sure how I should handle the branch of the tree top of image? I don't know why I seem to be so attracted to scenes like this but I have struggled with this sort of composition before and would like to start knowing what I want to achieve rather than trying to "fix" it at a later date. Do I paint the leaves, branches in with almost black tones or should I try to grey it all down with no detail in the foreground? Any help would be most appreciated?
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Old 07-31-2016, 10:56 AM
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Re: Landscape painting in Silhoette dilemma

Pay no attention to the photo! Paint the story you want to tell using paint!

All good stories have a primary subject and supporting characters and scenes. Determine what's truly important, and make whatever else may be included as secondary.

A sketch book for small thumbnail sketches, exploring composition and values is an excellent tool for all of this. Figure all of this out before you pick up a brush!

As for the photos, the green shapes at the top of the photo help to create a sense of depth for the photo, but may be completely unnecessary given the strong dominant shape of the church spire (assuming that's what's important for your painting).

You have selected a strong and appealing subject to paint. Good luck!

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Old 08-01-2016, 03:37 PM
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Re: Landscape painting in Silhoette dilemma

Thanks so much Virgil. I started painting it and just had fun....I ended up scratching in the grasses with an old knitting needle! The scene was such a surprise as we walked towards the village. There was the sun shining down on the church and sleepy little village. I will post the finished painting when I have completed it.
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Re: Landscape painting in Silhoette dilemma

The sky is so beautiful that I wouldn't want to paint the leaves at all. Except maybe the leaves on the far right.
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