The Second at Race Brook
(West Haven, CT)
This is the par-3 2nd hole at my golf club in Connecticut, done from a photograph I took in early fall. I've only been painting a short time, and this piece reveals a couple areas where I have a bit of aptitude, and several that are quite poor.
The sky, clouds and trees are passable for a novice. I learned the techniques from watching a few instructional DVDs. The water is an ongoing headache for me and I'm having a devil of a time making it look wet and even remotely realistic. The swan and birds in the water, and the rocks surrounding the peninsula in the foreground aren't so hot, either, though heaven knows I tried mightily. I'm wide open for any tips you might share and would appreciate them greatly.