This was one of the first paintings I did when I moved into a new neighborhood. Theres a parkway there with lots of trees and park benches. I posted this and others on my blog [link] Water color on traditional cold pressed paper.
This is an amazing painting, technique-wise. Your watercolor skills are amazing - I could see it as an illustration in almost any kind of context. You've really spent a lot of time on the details, and it makes this shine. A tree isn't of itself a particularly compelling subject, but all the rich details you added to this one make it extremely interesting to look at. The leaves, the grass, the bark... as far as I can tell, it's all impeccable. It really brings the tree to life.
Because of all the visual interest in the tree it is probably fine as a stand alone piece, but I personally would love to see something in the background even if it's just a sky.
I had spent many years studying how to paint from life. This tree was in a parkway near my home. I went outside made some sketches, took a picture and went home and painted this based on observation and the photos I used for reference. The best thing I could tell you is to do your best to paint what you see.
Wow, this is amazing! The detail alone is just fantastic, but the way that you used them with texture, and as part of the texture, makes this picture look a lot more real. The colors that you chose only add to that effect. It's just great all around. You can imagine just how this tree's bark would feel just by looking at this painting.
Thank you. The best advice I can give is to come up with a list of watercolorist you admire and study their work. John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, J.M.W. Turner, Burton Silverman, Dean Mitchel are some of my favorites. you can start there or come up with a list of your own. Also, take classes, paint outdoors, from a model-work from life.
you're welcome! That is probably the best way to do things, but when you're just getting into it and looking at all of these amazing people, the difference in skill level would make it hard to tell just how they did it. Unless I just go ask them haha