I really like that you pay a lot of attention to background. I have seen it with many landscape artists, they sort of try to bring everything on to the fore. I think that really dilutes much of what you'd like to see in a painting. I don't know if I'm making much sense to you, coz I'm no art critic, and I can't find the right words to express what I'm thinking. About this painting, love how the smoke catches the sunlight, changing its hue. Really like how you've darkened the reflections of the trees in the water. Have this gripe with artists who use the same colour for reflections in water, despite objects involved being in the shade. Great PoV. BTW, what are those trees on the high ground, those in the sunlight? I'm not very familiar with temperate flora, so just wished to know. Great, great work. Thank you for this.
I don't really know what sort of trees they are off the top of my head, but probably Silky-oak and Casurina. I kept a measure of background detail because I am always curious about what is around the corner. The darkening of reflections just comes from observation and painting studies on-site - when the water is dark it can't help but influence the tone of the reflections. The POV is slightly fabricated only because I couldn't include everything I wanted without a bit of sleight-of-hand. But then that's also called artistic license!
yes, sorry if I posted too much comments...the fact is that I really enjoyed your gallery! the colors of the backgrounds are absolutely perfect and convey a very good sense of where and what the place is. And, on top of it, there's a lot of imagination and creativeness in it, which I love! excellent gallery!
Awesome work. The lighting works well in this, the cool feeling in shade and the warmth in the few hints of sun. I live in Queensland so haven't seen the Mary river ( in the Northern Territory?).. but must make a trip if it still looks like this! (and Kakadu National Park as well )
Thanks Katie Glad you like it! Coupla things...the Mary River is in Qld - SE Qld. It starts up behind Maleny somewhere - runs through Kenilworth and out towards Maryborough. I had a quick squiz at your journal entry - you share a lot of influences! I did work with Iain McCaig at one point - he's an inspiring guy.
Fantastic, I'm going to point out the obvious and oggle the great composition in this. Something about how you did it, this just has that camp feel to it, like everyone's reminiscing after a long day. Definitely the highlight of this morning's DevArt browse!