Hi there !
My name's Mathieu. I'm french (so feel free to correct my english) and i begin to draw and paint since 2010-2011. Here are my last painting and drawings, most of them are from life.
I wait your constructive critics.
Landscape: you could make use of atmospheric perspective which means that distant objects tend to go to the bluish side.
Mushrooms: this streak - is this the gesso of your painting surface? If yes then you could scrape or sand it before painting to get it smoother because this streak is distracting.
Drawings: how about making these more refined? Don't want to say that they aren't good but can you go the extra steps to make a drawing more refined? Head: what medium did you use? Colored pencils or pastels?
Figure: a cooler background would let her pop out. The shadow colors that you have chosen are cool - that means that the background was somewhat cool too - is that correct?
And if you decide to make the background cooler then make it smooth - so this would make a nice contrast to the roughness of the figure.
Good decicion to make the area on her left arm brighter so that the contours becam clear.
Cat: really cute! And the composition is also great. But the colors are somewhat dirty - how did you photograph it?
For having started in 2010/11 you have made good progress! Congratulations!
@ bjoern3000 and Rostas.
You are right about the atmospheric perspective. All seem on the same plan.
For the drawings, i use pencils pastels (just 4 differents colors). But the orange is probably to strong.
For the Mushrooms, i use paper recovered of gesso. But i don't see the streak before i start painting.
I need to more refined but my problem is the time. For the figure, i am often limited (between 45 min to 3h max) and i am too slow in the first step. I have also difficulties with my touch. The results is never what i expected.
For the cat, the photography is not good. I must change the photography.