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Craig Maloney
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"Hayashi's bath on the black tree valley" cc-nc-sa

Its been a while since I haven't paint a landscape in a more traditional style, while doing it I came to customize two new brushes for my repertory (of barely eight :D) which in itself is a double gain. The composition and many elements of the painting are based on the Thomas Cole's piece named "Morning mist rising in Plymouth, New Hampshire 1830), "dissecting" great pieces of art, is always a very rewarding learning experience.

The topic was inspired by one of our fella FOSS users Douglas E Knapp mentioned about the "Hudson River School" theme, that is all about losing nature to human building. Thus I decided to make this as a hopeful distant future idea; when "human development has been lost to nature".

As a commentary (more a note than a proper comment : ) ) I would like to share my view on the workflow of painting, mostly because I've seen "new to paint people" been intimidated by some of the purist artist, I have nothing against strict workflows, but I do believe that any technique is just second to any artist or aspiring artist needs. Self challenges are good, and fun if you really enjoy what you do, but imposition always takes away from the spontaneous ideas.

All that I'm saying is that you don't use digital painting, and then limit yourself to material media rules. If you feel like you should only use one layer, excellent! but if you think that you need a couple of dozen layers, its excellent as well, same goes to any kind of resources, one brush painting? why not, like to use as many brushes as possible? I don't see what's the problem.

Experiment and find you middle ground, what I did learn and what it is particularly working for me is to be able to use analog skills and software capabilities when they seem logical and productive. It is fun, and also educational (once again) to limit and challenge one self, but wasting computer resources is never been too logical to me.

As a personal example, in this painting, I could had painted the whole reflection from scratch, but the computer let me copy, paste, rotate in less than a minute. A no brainier let me tell, and I have much more fun doing it that way and tweaking it afterwards (with one of my two new brushes) than spending too much time on it.

Bottom line, it only works when you have fun doing it : )

#krita #digitalart #landscape #quiralta
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