Kern River Rapids First Try
Kern River Rapids
I know I just posted this painting but I was so involved with painting the water I forgot about everything else. Looking at the painting yesterday, I realized that I had neglected a few details so here is the revised painting with the following changes.
- I added yellow highlights to the tree in the right foreground. When I painted this on location the tree seemed so much brighter but after it dried the tree needed a punch.
- The rust row of trees in the back was too even so I added the smaller ones and also some lighter color to distinguish the tree shapes.
- I refined the skyholes on the left tree and added some lighter green for highlights. Although this tree was in the shade of the mountain it still needed some color.
- I lightened the side of the mountain toward the sun. It was silhouetted against the light sky but needed to be softened against the other mountain.
- I added more white foam around the rocks to give them definition.
With a few minor adjustments, I think the result is much improved. What do you think?Topics: Learning Curve
- Painting Trees with Attitude
- Composition, the Backbone of Your Painting
- Designing the Color Palette of a Painting
- Shaping the Composition to Your Liking
5 Responses to Kern River Revisited
Interesting how the adjustments made the water more alive as well.
And by the way, I just came from reading Marian's post about this little adventure--I am envious of course. It sounds like a wonderful trip!
Good call. I did add a few more highlights to the water to draw the eye down the river. We all had a great time. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for showing me how you tried it all out using Gimp first. I liked my mini lesson and hope you can find the time to try again one day. I admire the way you did this.
Using Gimp or Photoshop is very helpful when adjusting details like sky-holes. I can fool around with it as much as I like before applying any paint to the canvas. Once I am satisfied with the adjustments in Gimp, I will then duplicate that on the canvas.
Let me know when you want to do more lessons with Gimp. I am not too busy this month.
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