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Johnson Creek in Winter © Pam Van Londen

Challenge 3's reference photo: Creek Reflections. Right-click to open in a new window and save to your hard drive.

Use this reference photo to paint from, for the month of March, 2010.

View the Paintings submitted for this challenge.

The success of a complicated landscape composition often rests on simplification of the details. How will you simplify the branches and trees? Can you render the subtle color changes or will exaggerating them simplify the scene? Is there a section that you can zoom in on to create a focal point? What tools can you use to abstract the image, or render it perfectly? Does the size of your canvas make a difference in how you add strokes of paint?

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14 Comments

  1. Creekside, by Angela Sullivan
    “Creekside” by Angela Sullivan, Acrylic, 8 x 10

    • Very nicely done.

  2. Johnson Creek 6 Reflections by Pam Van Londen, oil on 8x8 Gessobord
    Johnson Creek 6 Reflections by Pam Van Londen, oil on 8×8 Gessobord.

  3. Creek Reflections, 10x8
    Creek Reflections, Tres Denizac, acrylic, 10×8

  4. Spring Coming, oil on board by Byannick
    Spring coming – Oil on board 22×15″ – Byannick

  5. Creek Reflections by Irina Rekhviashvili
    Creek Reflections, Irina Rekhviashvili, pastel, A3 (16″x12″)

  6. Johnson Creek Wintertime by Rich Hoffman
    Johnson Creek Wintertime Oil 9×12 by Rich Hoffman

  7. Judy Beck Lobos
    Watercolor, 2010. Judy Beck Lobos

  8. Love is in the Air’ by Laurel Sobol
    Reflections of the Seasons ‘Love is in the Air’ by Laurel Marie Sobol March 2010


  9. Shallow waters by Sally Evans, oil 12″x12″

  10. Creek Reflections
    Creek Reflections, Sherry Thurner, oil on canvas board, 12×16 inches

  11. Rebecca Wang
    Oil on canvas board, 10×12 inches by Rebecca Wang

  12. Creek Reflections by Beckie Saar Leone
    Creek Reflections, Beckie Saar Leone, 11″x14″ acrylic on wrapped canvas

  13. Winter Creek by Janice Austin

    “Winter Creek” 9 x 12 soft pastels on MiTientes
    artist Janice Austin


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