Winter Landscape First Attempt by casablanca

Winter Landscape First Attempt

In a break from my pre-loved photos, this is a piece of art I had a try at yesterday after Jackie challenged me and a few others to follow an online tutorial to paint it.

You can see Jackie's here today: https://365project.org/30pics4jackiesdiamond/extra-special-o/2021-01-23

I didn't have any tubes of paint, just an old fashioned block of paints like a kids set so I couldn't mix the colours as the video required, just went with what I had and added more or less water.

I have never tried using masking fluid before either, so that was fun. Ingtrigued that the sky was grey when I painted it and it has dried more of a brown shade! And spot the novice........trees should have gone to the top of the paper!

But I was quite pleased with this effort. Thanks for the challenge, Jackie! Let's try some more!
A great step by step of your art. This looks like a fun challenge.
January 23rd, 2021  
I like how you've shown us step by step. I think it's a fabulous effort!
January 23rd, 2021  
Well done!!!
I was indeed wondering why didn't the trees go all the way up. :) I'm sure this is one of those things that you'll check on every painting you make from now on. It's even better that you spotted it out yourself.
You might want to frame it to the limit of the trees, but that would mean sacrificing those gorgeous brush strokes and the color in three sky. It surely looks like a stormy dreary winter day.
Your strokes are daring and i like how you had the confidence to leave those pine trees with less branches. They look so natural and organic.
As for the mixing of colors, you can mix the ones in the pans as well. Wet the brush well, pick up color and place it on a palette. Then do the same with three second color and place it on the same splash. It is a bit more difficult to obtain darker/ denser shades.
Well done!!!
January 23rd, 2021  
Ha ha your trees are marching too. I have just commented on Jackie's photo and said the same.

I wish I could paint, I have trouble even painting stick men.
January 23rd, 2021  
Superb!
I did Drawing and Painting as part of my teaching degree last century! but haven't done anything serious with a paint brush since .....apart from house decorating.
That's inspiration!!
January 23rd, 2021  
Wow, well done 💪
January 23rd, 2021  
How great that 365 has brought you all together to take up this painting. This is great. I wouldn't have a clue so thanks for sharing your process.
January 23rd, 2021  
Looks fun
January 23rd, 2021  
Yours is fabulous!! You pick next subject!!
January 23rd, 2021  
I think it's admirable. Welll done!
January 23rd, 2021  
WOW!! I am very impressed!! Well done!!
January 23rd, 2021  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond I have found another one to try! Will email you the link.
January 23rd, 2021  
Really well done. You will soon become the envy of those taking up painting as a hobby.
January 23rd, 2021  
@monikozi Brilliant tips, thank you! And thanks for the encouragement. My favourite bit is those pine trees too, they came out well. It's all a bit hit and miss at the moment - not really sure what I am doing, so the copying video Jackie set was perfect to work out some idea of how you do this!
January 23rd, 2021  
Nice work!
January 23rd, 2021  
@casablanca @wakelys joining in!!
January 23rd, 2021  
January 23rd, 2021  
I've been watching an old TV series with a bloke teaching how to paint like that......he uses brushes that I would use for painting the house........he does fab pics though !
January 23rd, 2021  
@cutekitty Ooh Bob Ross? I love him and his “happy little trees!” Such a soothing voice too
January 23rd, 2021  
@casablanca Yes indeed...the very same......he does have a soothing voice doesn't he......love the way he sploshes lines about and they become so recognisable....
January 23rd, 2021  
@cutekitty @casablanca I always want to say 'Can you see what it is yet?' in an Australian accent!! So un PC though!!
January 23rd, 2021  
lovely
January 23rd, 2021  
You have created an awesome collage that has inspired many to give this a try.
A wonderful result!
January 23rd, 2021  
Excellent and beautiful. I like how you showed the progression of it.
January 23rd, 2021  
How wonderful, another talented photographer. Lovely work
January 23rd, 2021  
Well done on the way you have tackled this challenge, and the super collage of your efforts!

Ian
January 23rd, 2021  
Very impressive. Funnily enough, Miriam has just joined an online drawing class and (having never been able to draw more than a straight line before) is hooked and getting better and better. Your first attempt is very impressive.
January 23rd, 2021  
I’m impressed. That is very good. My ability to draw is limited to stick figures. You mentioned Bob Ross, I remember watching his show back in the day. He made it look so easy but I’m quite sure it isn’t. I look forward to more of your creations in the future.
January 23rd, 2021  
Bravo! Great job
January 23rd, 2021  
This is very good. Not my cup of tea, but I appreciate talent. One of the activities that they often do with our residents, is painting. I have however said to my daughter, that if I ever end up in a care home, I don’t want to paint! Lol
January 23rd, 2021  
Love this! Excellent work and love that you captured the work is process.
January 23rd, 2021  
I think this is great - both the display and the art itself. Good on you girl, this is super.
January 23rd, 2021  
What a brilliant first effort, it's lovely, fav.
January 23rd, 2021  
Well I’m impressed ....very professional looking imho. I think painting must be quite a thing you could get hooked on, I know it’s a popular pastime & I can see how you can build it up....I would be hooked by now if I had done that!
January 23rd, 2021  
Terrific job
January 23rd, 2021  
@monikozi - mon, can't she just draw the trees so that they reach the top edge so those beautiful strokes don't get lost. that's what i would do.

the dof is excellent and i agree with moni with the pines having less leaves. well done. aces!

p.s. - i wouldn't know what a masking fluid at all.
January 23rd, 2021  
i like the way to document the process and, of course, the result
January 23rd, 2021  
Great job!
January 24th, 2021  
Nice collage.
January 24th, 2021  
This is really impressive - hard to believe it's a first time try. And I love the way you showed us the steps
January 24th, 2021  
Very nice results.
January 24th, 2021  
Well done for sure
January 24th, 2021  
Very impressive! And what fun to do this together!
January 24th, 2021  
You have done well
January 24th, 2021  
@summerfield, well, in watercolor it isn't very easy, as they can't be layered as with acrylics. Especially light tones on dark tones usually go nowhere. But, it can be done with some tricks. @casablanca : you can fix the trees (why didn't i think to tell you?) with some gouache. Apply white gouache to lengthen the branches. Let it dry and apply some watercolor. That is what i did in my version, as i don't have masking fluid.
So, Vikki, masking fluid is a sort of liquid rubber used in watercolor in order to preserve white areas on the paper. The fluid is applied like paint on the desired areas, let dry, paint over, and then, removed by peeling it off the paper. The result is some white silhouettes that can be painted or left as such.
January 24th, 2021  
@monikozi I shall have to go and do an online search to find out what white gouache is! Sounds like a handy thing to have around. I actually got a bit radical yesterday and took a guillotine to it and cut it.......then I wished I hadn't because I missed those top branches! But hey, you live and learn and I had a try. Got a new one on the go shortly - I found another video Jackie and I are going to try. And I could always try and paint this one again and see what happens too.
Interesting you mentioned acrylics. I have wondered about trying those too. Will see what I can learn about watercolour basics first, I think. A whole new world to try out, what fun!
January 24th, 2021  
@casablanca gouache is a thicker relative of watercolor. It has a better coverage and is more opaque. I've seen tutors and teachers use it, especially for adding details at the later stage of paintings in watercolor (like yellow pollen on brown centers of flowers). So lighter colors come in handy.
And, just like watercolor, the pigment is reactivated when water is added. So one needs to work carefully when layering these paints.
January 24th, 2021  
@casablanca acrylics is a totally different thing than watercolor. But great fun to work with
January 24th, 2021  
I think you have done well,no such think as a bad painting.
January 24th, 2021  
Very bold and it's a great start. That bloke with the afro hair on the telly is pdg although they are tending to look somewhat chocolate boxy. Painting IS NOT EASY!
January 24th, 2021  
Great stuff. I just thought the trees had been trimmed by the local government authority. Congratulations.
January 25th, 2021  
Beautifully done!
January 25th, 2021  
You've done this really well. I love to paint too and follow tutorials. It's really not as easy as it might first appear.
January 25th, 2021  
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