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June 3, 2017 at 3:45 am #4015
Well, I just returned from a week long nature camp with 50 kids, and although I am exhausted, I got some great painting reference pics! This month the challenge is rocks. BIG rocks. This beauty is a formation we hiked to called “Music Rock”, named because it has holes in it that you can slap your palm on that make sounds at different pitches. My kids had a great time pounding out music on this rock. So think it through; how do you capture those beautiful crags and crevices, that massive solid structure? Have fun with this one!
June 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm #4017
Chris…is that all you could find on a week long nature hike? Rocks?….LOL, so much fun!June 13, 2017 at 5:55 am #4023
From Barb:June 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm #4026
From member abornemc:June 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm #4072June 27, 2017 at 4:22 am #4074
From member, Lynne:June 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm #4076
From member, Louise:July 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm #4083
And the winner for June is: Louise! Congratulations, Louise!
Here are my thoughts on this painting:
The first thing that strikes me about this painting is the feeling of MASS and WEIGHT of the rocks. You can really sense their massiveness and grandeur. The play of cool and warm colors within the rocks is absolutely mesmerizing. The large boulder on the left has been given more texture than the other rocks, making it seem as if you can almost touch and feel the folds and crevices, and at the same time making it a comfortable center of interest for the eye. The eye is then easily lead forward to the lighter rock in the foreground and the angle of this rock leads the eye to explore those wonderful warm and cool colors withing the rocks on the right. The texture and splatter on the front two rocks bring them forward just enough to set them apart from the mass behind them and give an extra layer of depth, but they still unify with everything as a whole. Overall, a brilliant piece and one for framing!
July 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm #4088
- This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Chris.
Congratulations, Louise! If anyone can paint rocks and make them look beautiful, you did! I loved your painting as soon as I saw it! Well deserved!July 2, 2017 at 1:55 am #4089
Brava Louise. I wonderful painting…you made the rocks sing!July 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm #4090
Thank you. I am so honored and appreciate your comments. I learn so much from them too. I think you took an amazing photograph that didn’t need any change in composition. I used your lessons from the mountain, rocks, and wall. It’s such a good way for me to review. Honestly, your course and materials are like a treasure chest.
Thank you Barb and cslimmon (?Connie)… you have such unique styles and I love to see the way you interpret the photo.
I finished course in Feb and would love to hear your ideas on what has been helpful to you.
July’s photo gives meaning to the word “challenge”!!!!!
LouiseJuly 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm #4091
I’ve taken watercolor classes locally where you meet people with similar interests and get great encouragement and critiques. I also have a friend who likes me to go with her on plein air adventures to gardens and Florida nature trails.
I started watercolor painting with the help of Chris’ website and find I go back frequently to review his suggestions and techniques.
July looks impossible!
ConnieJuly 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm #4092
Louise, I always pull from lessons we have learned for all challenges. This one , I used the advanced waterfall scene, which I messed up in the first place, but we did paint rocks, but they were in water, so..mine were colorless and uninteresting. I agree with Chris, you could frame yours. I’m taking my time in the course, and have even skipped some lessons, which I will go back to. I also will try to repaint ones that I missed the mark. I’m always re-painting things! LOL! I’m like those kids who go away to college and never seem to graduate! It’s worth it for me, because Chris helps me with more than his course, I’m learning how to make a composition of my paintings better, etc. Anyway…July’s challenge… I don’t remember any lesson that looked like that! I have some ideas, and when I have time, will play around with it. Again, Louise, well done and congratulations!July 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm #4093
Thank you Barb and Connie. I am going to try and attend a local gathering of painters that meet on Fridays near my home thanks to your suggestions…. all very intimidating
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