I like how this little road scene came out.
By - TDNebula
Lovely! How did you get the clouds like that. Paper towel? Dry brush?
The sky was done wet in wet, and a little extra help from a thirsty brush. Thanks!
Came to comment on that gorgeous sky as well
Love the whole feel of this. Really nice work here.
Beautiful. Really well done.
I'm finding it hard to get those very white areas in my paintings. How do you do that? I understand it's the paper below but how do you make the colors work naturally with the empty space?
Frankly, I have the same challenge of getting natural looking highlights. I'm still working on it. For this painting, I had a reference photo in hand to help with where those specks would occur. I also knew those white specks (they may have been flowers or vegetation with bright sunlight bouncing off of them) would occur near the tops of individual bushes because that's typically where flowers bloom and where you'll see light reflections the most. So I did two things: 1) I attempted to leave unpainted specks of paper by painting around the general area where reflections would most likely occur. I didn't want to leave them all completely stark paper white, so after drying I painted over these specks with reds or oranges so that they hopefully wouldn't look so stark and unfinished and would read as flowers of varying colors. 2) For reflections on the tops of bushes that weren't colored like flowers, I painted the initial color of the bush in a light mid-tone value, and then let it dry and came back to paint in a darker value, getting darker as I moved down toward the bottom of the bush, in order to show that the top of the bush is lighter where light hits it. The bush halfway down the painting and on the left is a good example of this.
I know that's a lengthy reply, hopefully it answers your question.
Lengthy reply was super appreciated. Thanks for all the advice!