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Old 04-06-2019, 03:40 PM
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Need Help with my path in forest painting

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Help I'm on the underpainting for a painting of a forest with a path going through it and my path looks like it is going up a very steep hill. Canvas 18x24 Portrait orientation.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:18 PM
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Re: Need Help with my path in forest painting

Hello cambering, nice beginning!
I've divided the trail into three sections noted by the blue marks. The middle third lacks the same rate of the convergence as the other two, so reads as a plane tilted towards us (note its high VP as a result). I think a little more curve to that middle section will allow you to make it wider closer, narrow further away to match the convergence rate of the other two trail sections ( and as a result, move that VP down to the eye level - aka horizon line.



Specifically, on the right edge of your trail, where the first section meets the second section, curve the middle section right trail edge outward through a turn from there forward and as you do, have come round, and narrow down to meet the bottom right of the top section. In this way you will increase the rate of convergence of the middle section to match the first and third section.




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Re: Need Help with my path in forest painting

Yes needs to be much wider then taper to very narrow in distance.. and a softer line as it goes out of sight , not a hard line..
Muting the colors in the distance for softer look, like more of a blue/gray for the trees in the distance will help define it as far away also..
Keep your stronger colors in the foreground..

And consider where the light might be coming from, for shadows & highlights.. a deep woods or forest trail might have darker blued shadows in the under brush and then some brighter greens along the path where the sun can come thru..

Good ref images to guide you are very helpful, but shadows often show as black in photos , but adjust that and don't make black or blah gray shadows..
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Re: Need Help with my path in forest painting

I think the abrupt finish of the path gives the impression of the brow of a hill.

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