Bitter Lake Park

First time ever painting at Bitter Lake Park. This park is right next to my house and easy to get to. The subject isn’t all that great but, who cares it still provides all the problems that I need to learn.

Sunday, and the weather wasn’t the greatest. The clouds were moving quickly and it was raining just a bit. I setup under a tree to keep the rain off and my canvas was so dark that it was difficult to see anything at all. I ended up moving my easel a couple times, once to get more light, and again to get the patch of sunlight off my canvas once the sun decided to come out.

Wasn’t a bad painting experience though. I was focusing mainly on values. Then I got caught into the mass of crap that is this tree in the foreground. Wow, nothing but a bunch of scattered twigs everywhere. It was very difficult to get it to look any good at all, and I feel I failed there.

The Painting


The Location



Nothing to say about drawing here, my focus was totally on getting the values correct.



How can I improve the values?

In my attempt to push the items across the late further back, I made them way too light. The values of the water and the foreground mass of twigs is good, I just need to darken up the background to get it spot on. I also need to learn how to deal with a mass of twigs and reflections in water.

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