Been working on this on and off for a couple of days ...
No it's completely made up if that is possible with our brains ability to remember things..so it's a composite of all the woods I've ever walked in or seen pictures of. I try not to directly use reference images as I paint cos I am tempted to copy elements without success. I live in the torbay area about 300mts from the sea with lovely ancient woods and streams within walking distance behind me....strange thing is I don't paint the coast and sea perhaps my next one will be a rocky cove
Thanks Vivienne glad you like it ..the middle one doesn't really count as a picture it's just the early stages with most of the layers showing before all the finishing magic touches are added thats why it looks so flat.
As a matter of interest I notice a lack of post painting tweeking in a lot of pictures posted perhaps some think nothing can be done to a picture to lift it after they have finished.Even a flattened image can be transformed but it is easier if you have at least the fore.. middle.. and background on different layers
thanks again ..dave
... and there's my favourite out of the three Dave. :) The amount of lit area beyond the trees is just right. Beautiful... :) :) Rob
THanks Rob yes they are stones with quartz on them lots here in the south west but I agree they are too bright really . i just wanted something to pop a little there but over did it a tad.
this is a more complete other version so to speak
In reply to your answer to me up further Dave, I understand your stance on the matter of styles being mixed, and some are glaringly wrong and are hard on the eyes. Your training makes you more in focus about it for sure. .. I saw some men drinking water out of a rock face on TV some time back, and I envied them so much! lol, but I didn't envy the danger... We had babbling brooks in the pine forest, lots of little stones covering the bed. It amazes me that stones of all sizes actually purify the water even if there's a carcass upstream. (providing the distance away is enough). :)
Derek, I really like the sound of the pure water in your life too! :)
I see the differences Dave and I rather like the full blown version very much. It has the extra plants in the foreground and the fuller amount of trees at the back, and I know that doesn't allow much light to glimmer through, but I still like it. I like the angle of the stream at the back in that version too. I'm just wondering about the brightness of the lighter bits on the stones by the bridge and on the pathway leading up to it. They look very white/bright amongst all the softer colours. Is that a type of slate stone that s naturally bright? :) Rob
Thought some of you might be interested in a screen capture I made before the final layout was decided. As can be seen I discarded quite a bit for the final design .....
shows the shape brush controls and the main clip bank I used to draw with.. lots of layers as well most of which were discarded.
You might wonder why the page view is showing .I always use this as a reference for levels and layout because if it looks ok in the thumbnail then you are usually on the right lines with the drawing
anyway here it is...Dave
Thanks Vivienne and Thomas or is it Derek glad you both got something from it
Thanks Bob for your support
Thanks Rob .well I sort of do and don't agree
.I agree that if one's only motive in looking is to find possible faults then why bother...get a life
But for me a picture needs to read right it stems back from when I was in the printing industry selecting fine art prints and overseeng their production.
so a mix of styles stops a picture pulling together correctly for me
This is a picture roughly of two halves mainly because I was trying out different brushes and methods of drawing foliage etc also ways of painting rocks grass mud and so on and on and on.............
But I'm glad you like the picture .Yes it is all painted and all my own invention.The only stream water I have drunk is in north wales near Snowdon we were camping and climbing but we had to go upstream a half mile to ensure there were no dead sheep in it first
The nicest water I ever tasted was on a rock climb called Idwal Slabs it was coming out of the rockface half way up cold pure and clear wonderful
thanks agin take care Dave