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    Just a little gouache environment practice

    Hi folks

    This is made with those pelikan gouache cakes, though the tend to be more transparent than gouache from tubes. I just do these little things for practice, size 8 filbert on pretty much A6 size cardboard, tried to work a bit in layers and get some sense of distance, lemme know please



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    No real sense of depth or distance in this. The colors are flat, which is a trait of gouache, but as you say they are more transparent, all the more reason you should be able to vary your color intensity, especially the blue tones that signify distance.
    You also have a different light source on the ground than you do in the sky.
    The tree trunks on the right look totally flat and unconvincing due to the lack of darker tones in the foliage.

    This piece looks exactly like what it is, practice.
    If you want to see how well you can render depth and distance, try posting a completed work, not little practice pieces.

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    Hey Madster,

    thank you for your critique, I can clearly see the problems in color going into the far now, as well as the flatness in the tree in front. Hmmm ... maybe I went too humble in calling this a little practice piece as this took me the better part of an our, and I figured whatever mistakes I'd make with this this basically 4-5 hours of work in detail will not solve the basic problems of it just being crap in a genreral way So I think my basic approach just seems to be plainly wrong, thanks I'll try to improve

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    For a "non-referenced" piece, it's not total crap, it just missed a lot of general considerations for landscapes.

    You did make a quick underdrawing before you painted this, didn't you? Of course you did, silly me...

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    Well ....not , this was you straight ouf my mind just a bit of horizontal and vertical lines to settle it compositionwise somehow, that' s all about it...
    but indeed you're right the right hand foreground IS flat....

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