Forest

by Alvin Phua
(Malaysia)

Here is a 'Forest' in some mountain view in watercolor. I guess something can be done to improve the foreground foliage and trees. pls tell me how...


thank you

size: 10 x 14 inch

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Wow!
by: Anonymous

Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to go live there.

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Froest
by: Oeendree

I liked it. It is really soft to look at.

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dear todd
by: Alvin Phua

Dear Todd,

You are right. That's where my mistake is: the larger trees on the left. First, I used the wrong technique/judgement. When I apply the green foliage colors, it dilutes the branches. I lost the tiny top branches.

The top foliage should be light green. I don't need to use yellow because 'sap green' is already yellow-biased if you apply a thin layer... But I accidentally diluted the top branch color. Thus, you can see the top of the tree looks muddy.

Whatever on the right-side foreground is still forgiving though not very perfect. I stopped working further on this section after I screwed-up the large trees on the left.

So watercolor- a simple medium yet so demanding because you need a clear state of mind, lots of planning- techniques, pigment characteristics etc.

Thank you for your comment Todd.

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Great
by: Karla

I see no problem with this painting...Love it! I always like your work! Karla USA

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forest
by: Dorothy, Cambs

I think this is excellent, you really have captured the oriental feel with this lovely atmospheric painting

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Forest
by: Mops

Hello Alvin:
Delightful painting! No problem with the foreground trees and foliage from where I'm sitting. You really have the wet on wet technique mastered..... lovely misty effect. Would love this on my wall.
Mops

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Let there be light
by: Todd

I get the impression that you are showing the fog or mist rolling down the mountains into the foreground judging from the area around the small evergreen on the lower, right, center of the painting. Maybe you could have left that out. Also, mainly for the tree on the far left, show less of the upper branches and more foliage. Notice the next time you look at trees all the different colors you see especially in strong light. That's your opportunity to play with your yellows, oranges, and ochres to produce some interesting light effects. I still like what you've done. I'm still intimidated by watercolors but I may be able to show you what I mean with a couple of brush pen sketches. Stay tuned.

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