Here's my final for the Gawler Ranges at Sunrise piece. I've darkened the foreground a bit and defined the white bushes a little more.
This piece was done from a photo by Susan Borgas, on her FreeSnapShots blog. I highly recommend a look there if you work from reference photos. She's talented and has a good eye.
As a summary on this I thought I would just run over a few goals I had in doing this, and whether or not I met them.
Goals for Gawler Ranges at Sunrise piece:
- Do a "big" work. This piece is 13in x 15in. So I feel like I accomplished something just finishing it. It is different to continue working on something this large as opposed to being able to finish pieces quickly. I'm happy I did it, but I'm ready to switch back to smaller pieces for a while.
- How much do I like CPs? I really like CPs - this was the longest we had ever spent together on one piece :-). I'm happy to continue investing time, energy, and money in them.
- Where am I getting with my CP skills? I'm better than I was a few months, but I still have a great way to go. I hope to be able to achieve painterly effects with them. I'm not really there, but I think I can get there.
- What do I have to learn with CPs still? Quite a bit. I'm getting better with my color theory, but I definitely have a ways to go. Also, I am understanding the medium better and am starting to have preferences about CPs. But, I still am not achieving what I see in my head.
- Can I do a complex landscape? I've been doing little macro pieces, or just parts of a piece lately. I wanted to try doing "a scene." I'm glad I got this finished. I was close to getting nervous about doing more than one object in a piece! So, yes, I can.
- Was this all I hoped it would be? No, but I am still proud that I finished it and that I see improvement.
- Did this make me keen to carry with CPs? Yes. It made me "more hungry" to improve.