Thanks very much Sharlene! A friend commisioned me to do this off of a photo his wife had taken. Those branches were very uncomfortable for me too, but they looked that way in the photo and I didn't want to stray from it much if I didn't have to. I struggled with it a long while, but then decided to stick with the reference. Your advice is so valuable to me! I've only been painting about three and a half years and I have so much to learn. I learn more with each new piece but when a real artist like you takes the time to give me a little help, I'm thrilled and grateful. So please jump in anytime and add your two cents! Thanks again!
ok i don't want to be offensive in any way because your art is amazing but i think the best part about your art is it seems like something i can almost do. maybe not right now but with some more practice i think i can achieve your great level. that's something that's hard for me to find in my art idols. they always seem so good that i feel like my paintings are bad so i almost don't want to try but i see yours and i think "he probably used this technique, i could probably learn that" so it really inspires me!
I'm glad my paintings caught your eye! I've only been painting about three and a half years so I'm still learning! I know what you mean about looking at great painter's work and saying, "I'll never figure it out". Keep working!