Yesterday, I demo’d this painting from a photograph that one of the Monday group provided.
It is fairly common for students to pour over detail and produce a painting that flatly copies a photo and loses energy or vitality in the translation . The beauty of a memorable spot seen on holiday can be captured by the camera but back in the studio it becomes extremely difficult to add or maintain life in the painting.
In this style above, I have simplified the detail by using a bigger brush which cancels out any attempt at small stuff; I saturated colour and chose pastel colours instead of natural hues (darks become purple and blues); I worked quickly to maintain spontaneity; Also, I removed any distractions (in this case, figures) to simplify composition
Looking again, I should have been bolder with shadows under the trees.