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Title: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 14, 2014, 08:52:53 PM
In order for me to easily find and answer queries about this Lesson I will appreciate it if everyone will keep these  to this specific Lesson Posting only. This will also be of benefit to you as well in the future.  Thanks

Download   TEMPLATE (http://courses.paintbasket.com/handouts/watercolours-lesson87-moss-covered-tree-template.pdf)
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 15, 2014, 03:34:19 PM
So sad I won't be able to participate in the live version of this class but we'll be heading to Carmel for our anniversary celebration (5 years on Tuesday!) Have a great class and Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 08:08:48 PM
I'm trying to get into class.  My computer says it doesn't support HTML5 (or something close to that).  I don't know what to do - I've watched classes before.  HELP?
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: nolan on June 15, 2014, 08:24:05 PM
Hi Pat

It sounds like your browser needs an update, what browser and version are you using?
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 08:29:28 PM

Thanks - I reloaded my adobe flash player, and now I have the class.  But I don't have the chat.  I get this message - Error: Username/UserID sessions values are not set.
File: cms.php
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 08:31:08 PM
I logged out and back in again - didn't help.  I haven't been in class for awhile, and maybe it forgot who I am?  LOL
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 09:08:26 PM
 :'(  Still  no Chat!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 09:36:45 PM
I'm enjoying watching Dennis paint!  I've missed this so much.  I'm looking forward to seeing some of the finished paintings!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: May lynn on June 15, 2014, 10:31:43 PM
I too have no CHAT Box  therefore, many question could not
be ask or answered. (this is the 5th week of no questions) 

Nolan is trying  to rectify the problem.

May lynn
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on June 15, 2014, 10:36:16 PM
Great Class Dennis-I should not have fiddled afterwards.  Sorry to hear everyone is having problems with the chatbox.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: SunRai on June 15, 2014, 10:54:27 PM
Great painting, ncwren!

I guess I'm not alone in problems with the chat box.  I haven't been on here for many months, since my hubby was diagnosed with colon cancer.  I finally had a chance today, but hadn't kept up on the forum to know about the chat problems.  I do hope they get it resolved soon!

I hope you all are doing fine - I'll check back when I can!

-Pat
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on June 15, 2014, 11:18:49 PM
Natalie great job on your tree.  O0 O0

I came to class for a little while. We had a bad storm last night here took out some of our trees. had to help clean up the yard. Praise God nothing hit our house or buildings. For the last two weeks we have had real high winds. Some clocked around 85 mph. Hoping  this is over.

Pat I have the same problem for weeks. I miss the chat room.  :2funny:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: doina on June 15, 2014, 11:21:29 PM
Natalie, beautiful painting. Congratulations for keeping up with Dennis! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: sally13 on June 15, 2014, 11:33:04 PM
beautiful Natalie, well done :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Tousabella on June 15, 2014, 11:41:32 PM
Oh boy, Natalie!!  You just whizzed right along! Terrific job.  I wienered out just after masking!!  I've "forgotten" too many things and aren't as fast anymore.  It only means I gotta do it more often, and have a long talk with me to get my rear in gear!! LOL
You did a great job on your trees...looks great.  Loved your lil turtle, too.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on June 16, 2014, 12:33:55 AM
Pat I'm so sorry about your husband-I hope he is doing better-remember to take care of yourself as well.  :1hug:

Glad to hear you made it through the storm okay Nina-wind damage can be a real pain-hope everything settles down.

Doina and Rhetta I had to grab my big #30 round in order to keep up with Dennis and his #8 round.  :heeha:

My painting looks more clear in person-I had to take this one with my phone and I'm just not that good with pictures on it.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: nolan on June 16, 2014, 12:36:00 AM
I have made a change to the system, let's see if it manages to pick up the usernames for the guys that still have no chat box
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Happychappy on June 16, 2014, 12:44:03 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Natalie, your tree is FANTASTIC.  It has an almost 3D look about it.  I am so impressed.  I could not join the class but will wait for the replay. 




Patricia
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 16, 2014, 02:45:41 AM
Natalie, well done :clap: :clap: :clap: Yours is just a bit deeper into the forest where a shaft of light is shining through O0
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: jennylynn on June 16, 2014, 07:58:13 AM
well done Natalie  O0  your painting is very well done  :yippee:  couldn't join class last nite but hoping to join Wednesdays class see you there  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: BeaSue on June 16, 2014, 11:25:47 AM
Beautiful, Natalie. I love the soft, ephereal quality of this painting.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on June 16, 2014, 02:01:09 PM
Thank you Susan, JennyLynn (hope you make it) and Patricia.
Thank you Dennis-it was interesting on how to put the moss on.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 17, 2014, 07:45:10 PM
 Here is my attempt of the moss covered tree. Your suggestion are always welcome.     
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Dennis  :thankyou: for your course, always well explained throught the class. :twothumbs: :flowers:
The ? I was trying to say during class was about all the  ( holes) are we to make a rounding on the side of each one of them.

Natalie your painting is very beautiful and soft looking.   :clap: :clap: :clap: I like your style.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 17, 2014, 10:28:23 PM
Excellent painting, Danielle :clap: :clap: :clap:

Because you tree is standing more into the painting area it needs a shadow on the left side of the tree on the ground (Light is from the right side). I would also suggest you darken up the forground a bit more but not in the path area. This will improve your painting even more O0
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on June 18, 2014, 04:06:36 AM
Great job Danielle  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 18, 2014, 04:24:16 AM
Danielle, I forgot to answer your question re the roundings at the holes on the tree. :blush:

Assuming the edges of the holes have rounded edges and one is looking slightly from the side and not straight into the hole - then the side nearer to you will show a sharp edge while the opposite one will show the rounding.
The nearer edge curls around out of sight so the will be a sharp edge. On the opposite side you see the inside BEFORE you reach the edge and then see it become the outside of the tree.

Hope this makes sense.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 18, 2014, 04:51:05 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis for the explanation of the holes and the advice on the shade/shadows and darkening of the forground.   I though it was a bit to light.  Here is my correction. Please let me know if I can improve more.   
 :thankyou: Natalie
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Paulaj on June 18, 2014, 07:42:27 PM
Danielle,

I have never done watercolor, so I can't comment on technique; however I think think painted visually looks fantastic.  Definately worthy to hang on a wall   :clap:

Paula
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 18, 2014, 07:45:11 PM
 :thankyou: Paula for your lovely comment on my watercolour. much appreaciated.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 18, 2014, 08:47:06 PM
There you go, Danielle :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 18, 2014, 11:05:54 PM
 :thankyou: Dennis for your help, it sure made a difference.  :-*
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on June 19, 2014, 12:18:25 PM
Danielle that looks even better.  O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 19, 2014, 04:41:30 PM
 :thankyou: Nina for your comment.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 19, 2014, 09:34:01 PM
Great job, Natalie and Danielle - and Danielle - what a difference it made to darken the shadows a bit! I'm assuming, since only 2 folks have posted paintings that this must have been a very challenging lesson.  Can't wait to tackle this soon!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 20, 2014, 02:33:43 AM
 :thankyou: Sharon, it was fun to do.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 26, 2014, 08:02:23 PM
Here's my moss covered tree...This one was a bit difficult for me - lots of details! Interesting that there aren't many of us who have painted this lesson - it's really a great exercise.  Any edit suggestions??
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: doina on June 26, 2014, 08:18:33 PM
beautifully done :clap: :clap: :clap: hope I can post mine soon!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on June 27, 2014, 01:25:53 AM
Metsuyan, Sharon :clap: :clap: :clap:
With just over 2 years of watercolours lesson on the site already I am slowly starting to up the difficulty factor O0
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on June 27, 2014, 01:48:53 AM
Beautifully done Sharon. :clap: :clap: :clap:. 
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on June 27, 2014, 02:35:22 AM
Great work Sharon!  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 27, 2014, 04:02:05 AM
Dennis - you speak Hebrew!!!! Todah rabah!! And I'm thrilled to know future classes will be more challenging - how fun!!  Doina - can't wait to see your painting. And thanks everyone!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Val on July 06, 2014, 01:37:22 PM
Excellent work guys, I am really missing all of the live classes.  :'( Hopefully I'll get time soon to sit in on one of the classes once things settle out a bit.

Can't wait to have a splash and a slosh with you all, keep them coming!  :yippee:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on July 06, 2014, 06:07:35 PM
 :thankyou: Val it was fun to do.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on July 06, 2014, 06:35:23 PM
Hope so too Val!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on July 06, 2014, 10:49:50 PM
Anxious to see more of your w/c Val
Dennis i do like lots of details in painting,  keep bringing then.   :smitten:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on July 09, 2014, 04:52:39 PM
Way to go Sharon.  O0 O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: May lynn on July 31, 2014, 05:46:31 AM
I found it hard to distinguish between the moss and the leaves on the tree.
I did this WC a month or so ago, tonight I thought I'd do a little fiddling.  I
know it's a NO NO but, the painting didn't seem to have anything to focus on.

All I can see is green dots and more green dots. 

So here it is;


May lynn
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on July 31, 2014, 12:47:50 PM
Actualy Maylynn I do like the dotted moss, the only thing that to me is to bright is the path, maybe it is missing the shadow of the bushes, just a bit of shadow i think would help.
Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Val on July 31, 2014, 02:38:32 PM
Nicely done May Lynn.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

I had a go at this, totally botched it.  :doh:   Too many other things going on I guess. I'll start again later. 

Definately been away too long, water everywhere  (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125877/1511900.gif) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)  must regain control!  (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50246/1507619.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)

Anyway, here is where I ended up....I'll watch the video this time...you guys seem to get better results!   ::)    :2funny:

Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on July 31, 2014, 03:22:54 PM
Val i love the softness of your tree, continue on that one it will be excellent once you have the moss and the path will need some shading and pebbles. :clap: :clap: :clap: 
It is nice to see more of your paintings!.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Val on July 31, 2014, 03:27:03 PM
Ta much Danielle, any ideas how I could possibly 'fix' the background?  :confused:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on July 31, 2014, 04:38:55 PM
I think your painting is great MayLynn, but the path is skewed throwing off perspective.

Val this is a great start-you know the focal point is the moss tree-the background is fine.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: BeaSue on July 31, 2014, 05:07:09 PM
Val, I think your foreground (moss) tree looks terrific!

Re the background: I'd give those tree trunks more definition; likewise the bushes. You'd want to separate some space within than trunk-mass that currently exists, perhaps by doing some scrubbing with your fitches scrubber, and then filling in some of the spaces in-between with some green and yellow shrubbery.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on August 01, 2014, 09:21:16 PM
Val you coulg add some shadding on the left side of the back tree, also the beige patches on each side of that small tree could use some burnt siena at some areas.  Hope this is helping.  So us your progress.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: jillh on August 04, 2014, 06:47:31 PM
I really enjoyed painting this.  Got carried away painting the leaves and practicing all the new techniques.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 04, 2014, 07:11:10 PM
Nice work, Jill.  Looks like a fun painting to do.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on August 04, 2014, 08:28:47 PM
Beautifully done Jill. Awsome. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on August 04, 2014, 11:04:47 PM
Nice, lush forest Jill!  Your tree is beautiful.  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: jillh on August 05, 2014, 01:00:54 AM
 :thankyou: Mea, Danielle and Natalie for your kind comments.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on August 05, 2014, 02:31:13 AM
May Lynn, your painting is generally  very well done :clap: :clap: :clap: You just overdid the moss on the tree - spots too big and all over. The moss is actually in patches and the spots are very much smaller than the leaves. What you can do is to remove some of the moss and smudge the others a bit. O0
Val, all you need to do is add the moss and  the foreground :clap: :clap: :clap:
Jill, another well executed painting :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: jillh on August 05, 2014, 02:42:41 AM
Thank you Dennis for taking a look and commenting.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: May lynn on August 06, 2014, 04:15:46 AM
I tried my best to make the suggested changes to this one.

With my limited experience in watercolour I was able to make
a few changes.  Smudged the moss spots together and worked
on the path.   As for its perspective I think I'd have to started over
again to get it right.


The 1st. 


The revised version 


Thank you all for the hints.   Watercolour is definitely
a challenge for me.  Still a good learning experience indeed!!!!

May lynn
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on August 06, 2014, 05:22:12 AM
Maylynn I think your main tree is great!  O0
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 06, 2014, 05:23:01 AM
May Lynn,

Nice work.  Good revision.  You are a brave soul for working outside your comfort zone.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on August 06, 2014, 09:37:16 PM
There you go :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Denise808 on August 10, 2014, 01:34:44 AM
Enjoyed painting this one! I know it could use improvement, looking forward to suggestions... :thankyou:

Revised Moss Tree
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 10, 2014, 05:41:17 AM
Denise,

I miss your vibrant colors on this one.

I visited the Hawaii Museum of Art (Hemmeter Building) today and thought of you when I saw so may paintings that had your color signature to them.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on August 10, 2014, 01:50:15 PM
Tree looks good.  :clap:  Darken up the foreground.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Val on August 11, 2014, 10:06:13 AM
Nicely done Denise  :clap: :clap: :clap:  I've yet to finish mine....adding the moss makes me nervous!  :sweat:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Denise808 on August 11, 2014, 10:36:56 PM
Thanks so much ladies  :)

Mea, was it "HISAM" that you visited?  A friend and I attempted to visit Iolani Palace yesterday but it was closed due to the expected storm. So, we also attempted HISAM but it was too early or closed. Finally we ended up at a restaurant named "Scratch" Kitchen and Bake Shop in downtown. Found it totally unexpectedly but what a find! very cool place with good food and modern upbeat atmosphere (it's really loud though...).

Natalie, I'll darken up the foreground - I think that's a good suggestion  :thankyou:

Val, I like your tree - I understand about adding the moss, I was hesitant too. Really liking your new pic by the way!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Denise808 on August 12, 2014, 01:02:41 AM
Revised my moss tree painting and posted with original. Darkened up the foreground and defined the path a little more. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on August 12, 2014, 02:15:56 AM
Excellent painting Denise :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Denise808 on August 12, 2014, 03:29:05 AM
Thank you Dennis, looking forward to the "Red Fox" lesson too  :)
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 12, 2014, 06:00:46 AM
Yes, Denise, HiSAM (Hawaii State Art Museum).  GREAT place. 

Is Scratch Kitchen on Bishop St, just before Hotel St?  I want to check it out.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on February 10, 2015, 08:11:07 PM

Here is my tree.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on February 10, 2015, 11:27:23 PM
Nina, the  tree is excellent :clap: :clap: :clap: However there is nothing holding all the leaves together on the right hand side.
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: jillh on February 10, 2015, 11:35:27 PM
Beautiful Nina!
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on February 11, 2015, 12:39:53 AM
Oh my that is funny. I forgot the limbs.  :2funny:  :2funny: I was so in grossed on the main tree. I forgot the limbs on the right. You have a good eye Dennis. ;) will fix and repost.
Thanks Jill.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 11, 2015, 12:47:09 AM
Nina,

Once you hitch those leaves to some limbs, your painting will look really good.

Is the light patch between the foreground and background trees a road, a path, or water?  I went back and looked at all the other submissions and it seems everyone did it differently.  If you make it more earthy brown, it will look like a path.  I think a path would give the painting more drama than a road.  Just me talking!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: ncwren on February 11, 2015, 01:13:20 AM
Lovely Nina  :smitten:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Bellarina on February 11, 2015, 02:59:51 AM
Looking good Nina
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on February 11, 2015, 02:00:07 PM
Thanks Mea for your suggestion. Thanks Susan, and Bellarina much appreciated.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Danielle123 on February 11, 2015, 02:02:52 PM
Wow pretty busy lady,  well done Nina :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: NHC50 on February 11, 2015, 09:47:46 PM

Ok here is my rework on this tree. I added another tree in the background. Don't know if that helped. But I thought my leaves were softer and it needed a tree in there. Also added some more warmer tones to the path. Comments appreciated.

 Thanks Dannielle  :)

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: MaryAnne Long on February 11, 2015, 10:25:02 PM
Nina,

Smart idea to add the other tree to use up all those leaves.  Looks much better.

Like the textured look to the path.

Great changes - big difference.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: Bellarina on February 12, 2015, 01:07:51 AM
Yes a big difference, and wise choice  :clap:
Title: Re: Lesson #87 - Moss Covered Tree
Post by: dennis on February 12, 2015, 03:52:32 AM
There you go, Nina :clap: :clap: :clap: