Yesss! - student project

What a great course! Actually I only did it because I liked the "colorful forest" so much and I really wanted to paint it. And then I painted everything and learned so much.

So here are my projects:

The birches were the most difficult to paint for me because I was too stingy for the expensive paper and the paint dried much too quickly on the cheaper paper before I even had a chance to run over it with the wet brush.

Yesss! - image 1 - student project


I love landscapes that are very colorful and that's why I was looking forward to paint this picture the most. In fact I am quite happy with it, although it doesn't look as "light-flooded" as yours.

Yesss! - image 2 - student project


Since the bare "skeleton trees" bothered me a bit, I wanted to paint a similar picture, but this time I wanted to add a translucent leaf green. Unfortunately this went totally wrong...please do not laugh... and no, I did NOT want to paint a forest fire. ;-)
But honestly, I don't know what I should do differently next time (except not to place the red bush directly in front of a tree stump). Somehow the stumps didn't get any connection to the leaves. In addition, they went down in the background much too unstructured, so I tried to highlight them with Acrylic ink. Not a good idea, because afterwards they were too dominant. That's why I had the idea with the red bush, but with this, everything went over the edge. 

Yesss! - image 3 - student project

So I preferred to stick to the projects. I painted the three trees twice (nice tongue twister :-) ), but to be honest I am not really satisfied with any of them.
This one is the better one, but somehow the middle tree got way too high and the right trunk "crashed" a bit.

Yesss! - image 4 - student project


The bank with the trees worked well. The shadows of the trees look a bit like painted with gouache but I like this effect.

Yesss! - image 5 - student project


And last but not least the friends picture. This time I tried rough watercolor paper and I like the additional structure very much.  The grey background silouette is a bit strange, but apart from that, I like it.

Yesss! - image 6 - student project


So thanks again for this course! I started thinking in categories of "tea", "milk" and "honey" and that alone is very helpful because I really got the feeling that I could control the colors a LITTLE bit better. Apart from that it was also a lot of fun! :-D 

C. Farbienne
Musician, discovering painting+drawing