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Old 10-20-2019, 01:41 PM
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Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks! Sorry it is sideways
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:17 PM
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Re: Looking for Tips!

I was going to say the first tip might be to turn it 90 degrees, but you already caught that.

The trees are real nice and the snow on the ground is enough to make someone shiver.

Light source has me confused, though. It is above the mountains, but is it in front of them or behind them? Do you think putting one side of each mountain in shadows would help? Maybe even move the light source to the left or right?
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:22 AM
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Re: Looking for Tips!

I do struggle with the mountain shadowing. It's hard for me to figure out where each side of the mountain should face when putting snow on them. I guess I'm not good at figuring out the angles.
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:17 PM
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Re: Looking for Tips!

Here are some tips. I hope they don't sound to harsh as it appears you are just starting out. In fact, normally for someone just starting out, there should only be one tip, and that is, keep practicing and learn about your materials and how to manipulate them.

But since you asked...

My most important tip is this: work from a photo and not your imagination. If you do that, you might avoid:

Making all your mountains look the same, with straight sides like a pyramid. Most real mountains have more variation and slopes with different angles.

Your sky is very colorful but rather undefined. Is the orange area clouds? Sky? It seems rather an abrupt transition from orange to blue. Again, a real photo will give you information on what a sky does at sunset, what parts turn what color, etc.

Since this seems to be a sunset, the sun would be behind the mountains, thus the fronts of the mountains that we see, would be in shadow. If they are, the white of the snow would not be so light and white. Without meaning to sound too redundant, if you use a photo, you will see what is in the light and what is in shadow. You don't need to go overboard with light and shadow, but it needs to be consistent to make a painting believable.

Again, don't take these comments too hard. It is not easy to paint from the imagination for most painters. And it is not easy to learn oils. So practice and have fun and at some point think about my tips.

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Old 10-22-2019, 12:29 AM
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Not harsh at all! Just the kind of advice I was looking for! Thanks!
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:03 AM
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Re: Looking for Tips!

This looks like the cool lighting of a night-time scene with a sunset or sunrise in the background. I would think that the orange of the sky should show up in the reflection on the snow covered field (if it was supposed to be water, then it needs to be much darker) and the upper edges of the mountains and trees.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:51 AM
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Youre right Bob, thanks for pointing that out! It is supposed to be snow with a small pond on the bottom right.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:38 PM
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Re: Looking for Tips!

I agree with Don, the best thing is to continue practicing and use photos to "prompt" your brain. Don't copy the photo, use it more as a way to remind yourself to observe shapes, light, shadows, etc. Human brains are lazy, you got to prod them.
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