Here is a way to organize the complex information of an interior forest. This will work no matter what your rendering style happens to be. Whether you are an impressionist painter like me or a realist, the basic building blocks for the picture are the same the only difference is how far you want to carry the finish.
The challenge is to arrange the information to give you the illusion of space where no horizon is apparent. Forest scenes work best when you use clearings to establish a foreground, middle ground or background to help divide space in the scene. It doesn’t matter if you are painting jungle or alpine forests, the lush foliage of summer or the bare branches of winter trees; the abstract qualities of design still apply.
I now go back to the color of the emerging foliage. I’m always thinking about rhythm and balance of the different shapes. I want to weave the basic colors of the composition through the painting in a pleasing way.
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Thanks! I really appreciate the compliment.
Nice job Amigo!
very nice, you've read Jack Hamm's book Drawing Scenery? It's mainly about compositional elements… it can be quite esoteric!
amazing colors! very decorative on the wall.
I have not read Hamm's book but I do read Arthur Wesley Dow's book on composition often.
Thanks, I looked at your site and I enjoyed the images very much.
Looks like you're ready for spring! Thanks for showing your process in such good detail, really nice painting. I especially like the tangled up foreground plants on the right. What size canvas is it?
Bill Thanks, it is a 12×16
I appreciate seeing your process step by step. Teaching the eye to see is important and not always easy.
I admire your work and look forward seeing more. Hope you will consider a visit to the Thousand Islands region of NY this summer.
Absolutely wonderful tutorial. Many amateur artists (like myself) tend to want to do too much too quickly, …and lose the entire objective. The step-by-step manner that you demonstrated was very meaningful for me.