Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Birch Tree Grove, continued

I'm working on the Birch Tree Grove. I want it to look like the end of summer; the leaves are just starting to turn. As you saw in the previous post, I have bits of golden yellow mixed in with the green..... But, it just looks like a big blob of green. The trunks look great (I think), but the green mass of leaves doesn't allow the eye to see separate trees. It needs more dimension...

        See what I mean?.........
 I want the tree with the largest trunk to come forward. I think this is where I need to know about shadowing. I did it fine on the trunk, but I'm not sure what to do with the leaves. I'm pretty sure I want to keep the center part of the green the color that it is, but as the green moves to the left and right of center it needs to get darker.  Does that make sense or am I in La La land yet again???
I think this is where the fabric pens and oil pastels come in handy. The worst that can happen is that I totally screw this up. Right?

     One other thing... I have some of the trees at the edge of the dark woods and some of the trees more in the open with a lighter, sunset type background. I should have shadowed the trees on the right side of the trunks. Am I learning from my mistakes or what?
What a crack-up!

Keep stitchin' for the ones you love.
Hugs from Mary

1 comment:

  1. I think it's totally beautiful! I understand what you're saying about defining individual trees but really, in a grove of trees in real life can you do that? I've never tried anything like this so you're far beyond me. :) blessings, marlene

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