eeze, Thanks for the nice comment on my painting titled " Still Standing". I did not see your new sketch as I rarely visit the other venues but I just had a look. Very nice. Your back lit sky and warmth in the water works so well. I also like the color on the top of the waves as that is probably what one would see considering the strength of the light source and direction. I will assume that you are creating this from your head? Tough to do and make it look real especially with reference to the lighting but overall you did a great job. The water is totally believable. If I was to suggest anything, and I believe I previously mentioned this and Iâ€™ll say it again, only my prospective and from someone who is committed to creating real believable paintings. Iâ€™ll try to keep this short. The palm trees and other vegetation in the foreground appear still weak in relation to color pigment strength and detail. However, I am not suggesting that you start throwing in a lot of strong
ight colors. These objects in the foreground are so close that the viewer will expect to see some stronger contrasting colors in the trunk and leaves. If there happens to be a dark shadow over this foreground, then, make the darks darker ( warm dark, not cool) so they stand out a bit more. This will go back to your initial layout or lack of. If you paint and create as you go, you may end up painting yourself in a corner and taking away from the overall beauty of what you have already so successfully accomplished in the mid and background. Because you have positioned these dominant features in the foreground, up front and personal, you are forced to address them properly ( more color strength and finer detail) or they will just not look right which will pretty well effect the entire painting. Find a decent picture of a palm tree and use that as a reference. I personally think they will work very well if painted properly and be a definite asset to this work but you have to do your homework. I would never dare include anything in the mid or foreground of a painting unless I was crystal clear as to how it looks in real time and light and of course detail. With the proper resource material I have a good chance of completeinmg the initial plan or layout. If I am working on say some foreground rocks for a ocean painting, I will take them home and set them up in my studio ( as long as there not to big ).
Again, I hope this was of some help. It is so important to understand the relationship between the primary colors and how to create the illusion of depth. I am still and will always be working to improve my color skill and knowledge. Someone can tell me how to fix a particular color problem in a specific painting and it will probably look good to me and thatâ€™s what counts. However, I will probably run into a similar problem the next time.
It reminds me of the biblical parable, Give a hungry person a fish and heâ€™s good for a day, teach him how to fish and heâ€™s good for a life time.
Pretty short eh?