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In the book, the sky in the final painting is very light. It comes through as such a subtle peach color, with delicate modulations of crimson and lavender. It may be a shortcoming of the printing, but I liked it and tried to capture that feel here.
I really like this theres a level of realism the shadows add that's very nice. I have noticed you mention a book couple times. Which book is it if you dont mind my asking?
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Beautiful as all your paintings Dracula, the realism that you have achieved is really good, well done, keep it up.
Thank you both, I appreciate it! I wasn't so sure about this one when I picked it, but I'm glad I gave it a try.
@Kelsith - Ah, yes of course, the books: so, the Bob Ross company prints an instructional book for each season of the Joy of Painting. The books each give an overview of basic techniques and then go into step-by-step instructions for each painting you see in the show. The books are largely in black & white except for a full page color plate of each finished painting.
These color plates are usually a little more refined and detailed than what you see on the television program. It turns out, each painting on the Joy of Painting was done three times:
1. An initial reference painting (which is what you sometimes see Bob looking at off-camera) that has the basic layout and composition ironed out.
2. The painting you see happen in real-time (in 27 minutes!) on the Joy of Painting TV show.
3. A more detailed rendition done more slowly and photographed at each step in the process. This is what's used in the books.
I initially started using the books so I could watch old horror movies while I paint (which is my thing), but now I find I prefer them generally. I recommend giving it a try!
Hope that helps!
Dracula, it is amazing painting you've done! I see you have changed the way you do highlights on the trees in the couple of recent ones. Do you like it more?
@SunnyLady: Thank you, you're very kind! I have definitely been experimenting with different ways to paint trees. I have been spending time looking at trees when I'm out and trying to find key aspects that I can render to add better readability and recognizability. I can't say I like the latest tree techniques much more; I still feel like there's too much mud-slinging, but I hope that I am moving (albeit slowly) in the right direction.
You know I also look at the trees and they keep surprising me how unpredictable branches can be and where light is versus where I think I would paint and how they grow and how crooked they can be. I think I need tree workshop outside of my painting room and draw trees in my community at least with pencil to understand lights and shadows.
I think that is a brilliant idea! I shall follow suit and do the same!
Beautiful trees again Dracula. The light showing through the top of the trees and the subtle over-shadow area on the path between the trees is very realistic. I would be well proud of this painting.
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