With all the flowers painted in, Mountain Road is finally coming together. It’s taken a lot of patience to get it here, lots of tiny dots of paint! What’s left is a lot of detail in the greenery, some grass and little flowers spread here and there, and a few touchups and detailing I’ve left for the end.
One of the interesting things about oil painting while having a familiarity with digital painting is how creative you have to be with the brush. I’ve been using some synthetic filberts for the flowers and all, which can give a nice variety of strokes, but are still limited by being a bunch of hairs on the end of a stick. At the same time, are all those leaf-shaped and flower-shaped and tree-shaped brushes in Photoshop really necessary? Sure, they can be quick, but like any cookie-cutter stamp, what do we learn and understand by using them?
I found while painting this the big thing about landscaping is understanding growth patterns. How does a dogwood look different from a Japanese maple? They’re both trees, after all. How does wisteria climb and spread differently than ivy? Of course, it took a lot of studying references, but with just those growth patterns in mind, the nature of the plants came through even with just a simple brush. That’s something I’m going to keep in mind next time I’m digitally painting.
Of course, even with a canvas this large, I can’t zoom in super-close, either. But then again, how necessary is that most of the time??