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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pastel Trees

Trees are difficult to draw and paint realistically. Photographs pretty much show them to be close in value. You need to push back the background trees, loose the detail and put most of the detail in the closest main trees. Paula Ford is a great artist for doing beautiful trees. She has done a step by step on wetcanvas.com demonstrating her technique.

A couple of years ago, I worked on trees for a few months. Paula's demonstrations were very helpful. Check out this demo and think about joining up on wetcanvas.com. There is a forum for every artistic interest. There are so many choices, it can be confusing, but you can find a spot you fit in. I can be found in the Scavenger Hunts (in Artwork from Life), Plein Air, Southwest and Soft Pastel. I also wander off the track and comment in other forums as well. It is free, but you have to join to comment. See you around!

Here is one of my latest tree paintings:

Welcome to the Hill Country
Pastel, 10 x 8 inches


Anonymous said...

Just came across the blog surfing, pretty decent art blog...

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Joanna said...

It is pretty decent! :-) Still like that painting.

Teresa said...

Oh, Jo... I love this! I want to take a leisurely walk down that dirt road, admire the trees and wildflowers as I walk.......

Great job my friend!

Paula Ann Ford said...

Beautiful piece Jo!! The road just leads you into and through the painting to see those gorgeous trees!
Thank you for your kind comments about me and my step-by-step demonstration!!

Jo Castillo said...

Maddison, I'm glad you stopped by, hope to see you again.

Joanna, thank you. Your comments make me feel good.

Teresa, ah, thank you so much.

Paula, I am always happy to have people look at your trees. You have developed a lovely technique.

padmaja said...

The perspective with this one is so strong and accentuated that I feel like entering in and explore around! The color composition is also glowing adding to the energy of the painting, loved it a lot!

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