Friday, April 06, 2007

Landscape Attempt

For the life of me, I can't do a satisfactory landscape. I tried to do a scene with a dramatic sky reflected in water; that was the easy part. The backlit trees and rocky islands were(and are) the problem. I think the problem is that there is an interesting pattern of shapes in the sky and water, but the shapes of the land and trees are kind of clumsy. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out a more appealing design. So, after a ridiculous number of hours, I gave up! Incidentally the two photos are due to the fading light in my studio(top), supplemented by very unnatural lighting(bottom).

3 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

Rhonda, The painting is beautiful. Colors are striking and the water and sky are nice. I don't know if you are asking for critique (you don't have to post this) but I think the two land masses are so similar in shape and size. You might make the one on the side with more rock narrower/smaller and maybe only one tree. The water wouldn't be so centered that way. I love the idea and your technique is great. You might be more satisfied with my ideas. Or not. Ha. Later,
Jo

Jo Castillo said...

Rhonda, The painting is beautiful. Colors are striking and the water and sky are nice. I don't know if you are asking for critique (you don't have to post this) but I think the two land masses are so similar in shape and size. You might make the one on the side with more rock narrower/smaller and maybe only one tree. The water wouldn't be so centered that way. I love the idea and your technique is great. You might be more satisfied with my ideas. Or not. Ha. Later,
Jo

Lori said...

I agree with Jo, its lovely, just a bit too centered. You could even cut it in half vertically and have two super paintings. Try covering up half of the painting with a piece of paper on the computer screen. The values and tree shapes are just fine.