Oil on 18"X 24" canvas. Commision for a friend.
I like this one!
this is gorgeous! te texture are so beautiful i just want to touch it through the screen, and the colours are so calming, but realistic. i can almost feel a light chill on the breeze from somewhere.
What a wonderful painting, Don!
Love this one!
Lovely perspective! Usually, we see the ground in the tree paintings, but here, it's just branches and leaves...
Wow! I thought it was a photo!
You did a great job!
When I receive a compliment like that it helps me feel that I"ve done it right! Thanks very much!
Brilliant! The colours and texture in this are fabulous and I really like the choice of composition too!
My only crit, since you requested it might be on the perspective of those branches that are center/top.
I feel a little uncertain about their 'place' as in I am not sure whether I am looking up at them
or how far away they are meant to be, at a guess I think we are close to them?
I assume we maybe have our back against the tree those branches are coming from?
Not certain of the fix for this in future works but perhaps a bit more shading or shape to those
branches would help the perspective on them despite the fact they are meant to be in silhouette.
The lower branches have fantastic depth, replicate that but darker I guess.
Just my two cents, hope this helps, your work is so wonderful
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!
I am glad you found my comments useful! I am not well
practiced in critiquing but I love it when others do it to my
work because I think sometimes we spend so long looking
at a piece we get too close and can no longer see it as a whole.
One thing I think I found is sometimes NOT sticking to the reference
is better, I remind myself that the point is to make a good image on
my canvas or paper and beyond that the reference is simply that;
just a reference for you to put your stamp on.
We did critiques at university (many years ago now) and that
gave me a little confidence in speaking my mind about the work
of others. I also don't consider the amount of time someone has
been painting as too relevant, some find certain mediums very
easy, some improve rapidly, and others like myself have been
doing it for a lifetime and perhaps only improve every three years or so.
Also with each new piece I learn something, there are always a
hundred things I want to change even in works others say they
love I can pretty much only see the bits I want to 'fix.'
I sometimes let my paintings rest for a few weeks for this reason
or another nifty little trick, put it in a place you would never normally
put it; then when your eye catches it off guard you will see it in a
different way. I have a room full of paintings and I intermittently move
their order around to try and get a better view, or to trick my eye into
seeing them as a viewer might instead of a painter.
I must say I am highly flattered that you consider me a 'real artist,'
I would actually call you the very same!
This reminds me of a story I read as a child about golden windows.
The story in brief is a princess in a castle who looks out and sees
that another castle over on the horizon has golden windows.
Try as she might she cannot find where to buy the beautiful gold glass,
everyone she speaks to hasn't a clue who might sell it. So she travels
to the castle and meets the prince there. He tells her 'but from my castle
it is your windows that are golden.' Of course when she looks out he is
correct, from this vantage it is her castle that has the golden windows and
she realizes it is the brilliance of the fading sun that makes the glass look gold.
I repeat this tale and think it stuck with me because I think as artists it is very
easy for us to see and admit how great our peers are but generally we dismiss
our own work as paltry. No matter how experienced, seasoned, famous or not
I see very great artists dismissing themselves as under par. I myself too am
learning to appreciate my skill level. Perhaps it is the nature of art, there never
really is a point of completion because one can always improve and artists
are continually striving to get better, even the best aren't satisfied that what they
are portraying is 'good enough.'
Yet this one thing is what makes us great and is intrinsic to our passion.
So yes, from my vantage it is you who is the 'real' artist
Great. Do you think the same technique is possible with acrylics?
Hey thanks! I don't really know. I've never used acrylics. Still trying to figure out oils.
I love pointillism, giving a vibration!
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!
This is so beautiful !!
This is stunning!
Absolutely beautiful!!! Love it!!!
This is quite lovely. I get the impression of a dark storm cloud brewing- obstructed by the trees. Wonderful work.