I have been working on landscapes again, and am hoping to finish a 20x30 painting of autumn woods filled with beech and birch trees.. Here is a glimpse of how I went about this process. I had prepared a canvas (see previous post) with a light purple/gray ground. I worked from photo provided, and also additional source material for fall color. After working on it for about a month, I felt that I was getting very tight. I put it away for several weeks, started other things to loosen up with. I am now back at it. It is pretty well set for composition, placement of objects, and depth. Now it needs the sparkle provided by the front and up close layer of paint - the foliage that overlaps the trees - not much, because the view is the trunks of mature trees.
First Step:determining the shape of forest and sky
Starting to locate trees and rocks, working from a photograph
Additional source material for fall colors of beech and birch.
Trees and rocks are where they belong - no depth yet
added depth and density of trees, directionality of light