View Full Version : Friends walking in the woods + version #2

08-18-2014, 08:44 PM
After leaving the ship on the recent trip we hopped over to the UK - well not hopped - we thought we'd try the 'Chunnel'. I had planned to meet for the first time an internet friend and also on my bucket list was to walk in an English wood once again. This painting is my take on doing both.


D Akey
08-19-2014, 04:16 PM
You know, this reminds me of someone who was on here when I started in 2006 called AgedP. He may still be around in other threads, but I couldn't tell ya. Anyway, the point is he's from England and was very proud of claiming to be from Middle Earth because he's where Tolkien lived. This painting rather reminds me of AgedP and Tolkien. And since I recall you said you were going back to Jolly Old Pip Pip Eh Wot on holiday, I though you might somehow find yourself in Middle Earth in general, and from this painting I would say you were in Hobbiton specifically.

Fun image, Gane! The road goes ever on. . .

08-19-2014, 05:51 PM
I was visiting West Yorkshire which is a couple of hours north of West Midlands which is where I think Tolkien lived at some point. All English woods are beautiful and I have some photos of very interesting Middle Earth type trees taken in these particular woods.

D Akey
08-19-2014, 07:42 PM
I was visiting West Yorkshire which is a couple of hours north of West Midlands which is where I think Tolkien lived at some point. All English woods are beautiful and I have some photos of very interesting Middle Earth type trees taken in these particular woods.

Sorry, I wasn't thinking -- it's not Gane, rather it's Gune. . . which now suddenly sounds awful seen mis-spelled backwards then forwards and then pronounced. I feel compelled to spell it correctly the old fashioned way -- June which sounds lovely, or Enug, which sounds like your name from when you were painting in the ancient caves painting bison or something.

So were you visiting the Yorkshire Dales then? I'll bet you have some inspiring photos for a painter indeed. Did you manage to hit Yorkshire when the weather was good? I understand the weather has been unusual this year in that part of the world.

08-20-2014, 12:47 PM
No worries! I get so many variations with my surname that I'm used to it. My surname ends with a Z if it were an S there would be no problems - I'm sure that Z throws them. ;)

On this visit we didn't have time to visit the dales - my purpose in going to Yorkshire was solely to meet a friend I had known on a forum for several years. I wanted to spend the few precious days getting to know her better. However I have some lovely photos from a previous visit and now one comes to mind that I might look at again and see if I could possibly produce something that resembles that lovely scene.

The weather was beautiful for the whole trip except the day we disembarked in Amsterdam and they had some sort of record rainfall for that day. A ten minute walk to the train station dragging our luggage had us drenched.

A couple of greyish days in Yorkshire but the sun peeped thru and it was warm enough. After our walk in the woods we had lunch (bangers and mash with Yorkshire pudding) at was is officially the oldest pub in Britain.

08-20-2014, 08:14 PM
Worked on this again with my new brush preset - I also blocked in some colours first - I'm much happier with this one.


08-20-2014, 11:55 PM
I like the second one best, it's more a blended whole and puts the friends deeper in the forest.

08-21-2014, 01:09 AM
2. version so much better.
Before it looked like someone had been running around with a pair of scissors. Now it looks more dynamic with the branches and leaves going out over the path.
It gives every thing a more natural look. The people walking down the path looks like someone who's actually supposed to be there. It's almost like you can see them walking further and further away :)

08-21-2014, 01:49 PM
Thanks Hildee and Chinchi - yes, I feel much better about #2 and almost wished I hadn't posted #1 but it's all a learning process and I am learning by my mistakes. :D

08-21-2014, 07:32 PM
It's almost like it's two completely different styles.
But a good thing you posted both, I thing they show quite well how to get a park look #1 and a forest look #2
#1 actually reminds me of the local botanical garden.

08-21-2014, 08:37 PM
Chalk up another vote for no. 2. :)

It's really nice and more impressionistic than the first which was pretty busy. I think the new one evokes a sense of mood and place more effectively than your previous version. I'm glad you posted the the other one though, it's always nice to see the processes involved and it demonstrates how such changes can affect the tone and feel of the work.

D Akey
08-22-2014, 05:41 AM
Welcome to evolution and visual thinking. This process of new ideas coming as a result of assessing previous versions is actually how it most often works. It's even the case for old hands who go right to a fantastic finish first time. The only difference there is that they themselves are grown from learning from previous different paintings. So in essence this is how it works. Ergo, never have regrets of the kind that says you wish you hadn't done it that way, because at the time you did it, that conclusion wasn't available to you. . . not until you had done it.

I look at the first one and I see the seed for the second one. You're just being visible and open which means we can cheer you on and get the pleasure of watching ideas evolve. And in two years, were you to take on the same image again, you would have a very different approach. Fun, no?

Good ones!

08-22-2014, 10:44 AM
Enug, really like the 2nd one of course, more distance and seems more interesting looking at people and having your eyes following them into the woods

08-22-2014, 04:00 PM
Thanks again everyone for your input. :cool:

08-22-2014, 06:01 PM
I really love the second one too. The chunky brushstrokes work really well with the leafy feel. Well done! :)

08-23-2014, 12:23 AM
Thanks Robyn - how's life treating you?