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04-14-2007, 12:13 PM
a lonely elm tree (adapted from David Sheperd)


04-14-2007, 08:15 PM
Well painted, and very dramatic ENCHANTER
Trees need to be living in groups of at least 3 ( according to a specialist in tree and shrub plantings ) so it's no wonder the lonely elm tree looks so desolate!

D Akey
04-14-2007, 08:26 PM
Nice one Enchanter.

Vignettes are tricky in that the 'throw away' part that one would think of as unimportant is all essential, and that's the way the pigment moves into the white of the board.

The way you have it is okay, but it doesn't look like you were the boss of it from the beginning, particularly up front in the process where you washed in a tone.

Believe it or not, the initial wash is a make or break moment because some or much of it shows in the finished painting (assuming you're doing that kind of technique and not using a mechanical vignetting/framing method after the fact.)

Took me a long time before I realized that in my own paintings.

I like quite a lot about your painting though.

04-15-2007, 10:44 AM
this is nicely done i like the style you painting on this canvas

04-15-2007, 10:46 AM
marian: thanks by popping by........and the comments :)

Dakey : I wasnt actually going for a vignette effect, I think I just gave up and was tired and had other things on my mind, so I left it as a sketch sort of thing..........I seem to be doing that lately....I know I got other things to do but I feel like painting instead.........

I thought im not going to touch figure drawing at the moment, becuase i need a lot of work in that area..anatomy etc..., so im concentrating on landscapes and a few animals......ive been looking at some paintings by Joe Dowden who paints landscapes in watercolours and David sheperd , who paints wildlife(mostly) in oils and trying to emulate them but using ArtRage....which is difficult since ArtRage is good at emulation ,but I have to find away to make soemthing similar wiht the tools it has.......

some of my latest paintings have been adaptations of these two artists

http://www.joedowden.net/paintings.htm ( tutorials on website too :) )


04-15-2007, 11:13 AM
thanks for looking in friendly.... your landscapes are amazing too....im still tryin to catch up!! :)

04-15-2007, 11:29 AM
i think you are there already good work your doing and good ideas

florida girl
04-15-2007, 03:06 PM
Hello Enchanter!
Elm is & was one of the choicest of woods used in fine 17th, 18th, 19th Century furniture! Maybe that is why the Elm is so Lonely! :wink:
Very Nicely done!

Kind Regards,
Florida Girl 8)

04-15-2007, 11:25 PM
Hi Enchanter,

When I see this painting, I just love it. Maybe it's loneliness has captured me. Nice color palette. I think you've done this one very nice. :)

04-15-2007, 11:54 PM
wonderful work... love the colors and how you've arranged the pic...


D Akey
04-16-2007, 01:38 AM
I can dig it. I've stopped many paintings, heh.

As for the anatomy issue, if you work with that subject, take your time and enjoy the ride. You will get better. But even saying that makes it sound like a chore.

Your stuff is looking good, but if you want to do human figures, you probably should, for the fun of it. I like doing figures too. It's never boring. Frustrating, sometimes. but not because of the subject. I never get blaze about trying to capture a likeness or pose, or taking liberties with structure etc.

Thanks for the links. Very inspirational. I particularly like the wildlife guy, probably for the same reason I like figures.

04-18-2007, 07:14 AM
moody stuff mate...nicely composed and interesting palette.


04-19-2007, 07:32 AM
friendly: cheers for your encouragement :)

FG: good to see you......the elm trees in England have actually died :( cos of a disease

Pai: thanks for looking.thankyou :)

maror: thanks for coming in....cheers .. :)

dakey: i try and enjoy painting ...i do enjoy it...it takes me away from other stuff :)

Waheed: good to see you mate......thankyou . :)