Sunday, December 14, 2008

VSD - December

This is from the photo for Virtual Sketch Date this month. I hesitated over doing this one because I don't do landscapes well. I want to do them well, but I don't. I decided to go ahead because if I never practice landscapes I will never do them well. And I did miss the mark on this one, as I never achieved that dreary wintery look of the photo. This sketch is entirely too bright and cheerful. From a previous class I took, I learned not to make trees all the same height. i said to myself "make the trees different heights, make the trees different heights" over and over. And look at the trees - all the same height...sigh. Even still, I think it's better than my last attempt. The lesson learned from this is practice and repeat and practice, and don't make the trees all the same height!

The original photo is here


Kim said...

Hi Lynn,

I know what you the tree height...but at least we're actually sketching and painting...that can only mean growth. You did a really nice job with the white framing on the buildings.


Anonymous said...

Lynn, I think you did a terrific job with this! I don't typically do landscapes, either, and I guess that is one of the benefits of doing challenges. They get us out of our comfort zone. If it's any consolation, I couldn't maintain the bleak outlook of the reference photo either :)

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

I'm a firm believer of not painting what "you see", but what "you want to see". Be creative. Make the trees cheerful instead of gloomy. Paint them pink. I think you did all that in this painting, which makes it your creation.I love it.