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Iowan Morning by pallanoph Iowan Morning by pallanoph
And now, for something completely different... :iconmontypythonplz:

A landscape. With not a critter to be seen, anywhere. World is ending.

An explanation is probably in order: this was my christmas gift to my family, back home in Iowa. :XD: This is their view from one side of their "hill." Maybe I'll do another scene from the other side of the house, on a bright sunny day... provided they use their new camera to take higher quality images. Let me just say it was a bit tricky to work from a rather blurry and low resolution 4 x 5.5" photo. NOPE NOPE NOPE.

I'm far from being a landscape artist. I obviously need practice, and this is far from praise worthy. I hope it's just good enough. Maybe if they don't stare too hard at it. :B At any rate, I decided my gallery could use something a little different, so here it is. (For the record, you're not obligated to fave it just so I feel better.)

Watercolors on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper. (I killed it.)

Art April Schumacher
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
It makes me think of 1970s animation.
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imFragrance Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   General Artist
i can't give distance feeling AAa :cry:
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jamielady Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous!
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K3LL-3 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Faving because I love it
not just because I love you or anything :B
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Pretty-Jester Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, and I didn't expect it. I've been wanting to do a landscape too but every time I try it comes out pretty bad. I have norerence either lol
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Thea-r-tist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Absolutely beautiful. Wish I could paint like that with watercolors.
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earthsea-23 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
My family lives in Iowa too and it looks like this....everywhere hahaha! It's actually a spot on representation of a misty morning.
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RibSpur Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Wow, I gotta tell ya, this reminds me of one time I was down in southern Minnesota. It was spring time, we'd slept in tents, when we woke up at first light everything was frosty, foggy, misty, and wow does this remind me of that beautiful morning. *claps*
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the fog and the sky. The hillsides could use some more multichroma, even though it's green, I think some other colors in the green might make it feel less flat there.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed on the multichroma in the grass. For whatever reason... be it my heavy handedness, the paper, or some other reason, I couldn't get much done with those dark washes, even though I wanted more bluish hues in there. D: I seem to have bad luck with dark washes. :XD:

Thanks! :)
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elmenora Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful. I love the sky. You may think you're not a landscape artist, but this is miles ahead of most paintings I see on people's walls.
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pinkyaliya Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing watercolour piece!
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the-lazy-artist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I think its fantastic, such a wonderful flow to it, with a beautiful combination of colors!
The clouds, up close are fairly abstract, giving them a very strong artistic vigor, while from far away, they work fantastically as suggestive shapes.
The mist, and landmasses together just work fabulously, and the trees add for a perfect focal point.

The aspect I like most about this is the use of lines. So many wonderful lines.
My apologies but I REAAAAALLY like this.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww: I was a little worried about whether or not the composition would come together, so I'm glad it turned out well in the end. It's hard to make very horizontal landscapes work, at least in my opinion. :)
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the-lazy-artist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I think the real success with this is in the bunch of trees, and the diagonal lines in the grass. Gives it that subtle distraction from the rest of the horizontal-ness :D

I STILL LIKE THIS VERY MUCH :heart:
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cecy-loveart Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lovely clouds :D
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XerinIthilwyn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I think its beautiful.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You may not regard yourself as a landscape artist, but the very fact you've painted a landscape as a subject in itself is an achievement in itself. :meow: I wouldn't say it's the best landscape ever, and it's a little rough, but you're certainly going in the right direction, and the colours and sense of depth are both good. :thumbsup:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It was certainly more difficult given how grainy the photograph I worked from was. :giggle: I'd like to do more someday, but maybe when I have less commissioned work/etc. on my plate. Or maybe, if the inspiration strikes me just right. :XD:

And thanks! :D
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think experience like this is good for helping you advance the quality of the landscapes in your fantasy paintings. :la:
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pff, hun, it's time to stop being so harsh on yourself. I can never understand it when I look at a wonderful painting, then read the description which then comes down to "sorry that this looks like shit" and I'm like @____@ no?

I think this is fantastic. The grass looks very good and I love what you did with the mist and the trees.
I'd love to have something like this on my wall, I'm sure your family loves it. Also, the view is fantastic, I wish I lived there :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can just see all of the things I wanted to do differently, is all. :) But I had so much trouble getting the dark washes to stay where I wanted them that I'm glad it turned out as well as it did. :D

Thanks very much, dear... :hug: If you like quiet places with a view of the sky, it's your kind of place. :aww:
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gotta say the titile caught my eye. go iowa! xD
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You didn't kill it. That is Iowa! I love it. It reminds me of when I was younger and lived there. I returned for college and remember Grandpa's house there. Very nice.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe I didn't kill the landscape, but I did kill my paper. I wouldn't have been able to take the much heavier 300 lb paper with me, even if it would have worked better. Thankfully, it's decently flat now, that is, until I roll it back up to be shipped home! :giggle:

Thanks very much! :aww:
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, the paper. I understand. I have yet to purchase decent paper. I have a water colored pencil set that came with paper and it curled up without hardly any water.

You're welcome.
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Heavenward-Swallow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, I just did my first landscape and it was weird for me too ;P Of course THIS looks beautiful and gorgeous! Splendid job, I say- it quite amazes me. All the colors...
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :aww: The first of anything is always rough, but it's good to do new things! :D
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Changeling007 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. You're too hard on yourself. ;)

I've always wanted to go out really early and take pictures of the tooley fog and sunrise, but I don't know where to go. I just adore sunrises, and iowas have been some of the most colorful I've seen; bright sky, dark clouds. All around beautiful.

Iowan mornings can be truly stunning. You've captured it quite nicely!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just see that I need a lot of improving. Which will take time, of course... I need to remind myself that. :XD:

I think my favorite part of Iowa was the uninterrupted views of the sky. Especially at night. I loved watching the stars, the sunrises and sunsets. I got to see a little of that this summer, when I went up north to Lake Superior's north shore. Minnesota has the awesome woodlands and rock formations up that way, and I'd love to paint it someday.

Thank you! :aww:
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FieryMaze Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who was born abd raised in Iowa, I absolutely love this piece. ^^ < 3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have to say I approve of my family's current location, as opposed to where I grew up. A lot more visual interest, with the hills/valleys/trees. :D
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I like this, it's something new to see from you ^^ Very nice of you to make something like this for your family, being that it isn't something you usually make.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I'd do more if I felt the pressure to do more. Possibly. I love looking at scenery, but when it comes to painting it, I can't focus at all. ^^; I suppose it would help if I lived closer to wilderness, but there's very little to look at this winter. (So ugly out!) :XD:
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
That makes sense; scenery can be boring or too similar to want to paint much. Also, living away from wilderness would make it hard to want to paint it ^^;
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! so expressive; i love the colors! Absolutely beautiful
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favourite bit of this is the perpendicular lines of the plowed & planted fields. It sort of sews the right half together and draws your eye in toward the middle. :) Nice composition! (OOooh awesome sky too!)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I liked that bit, too. It wasn't super obvious in the photo, so I made it a bit more pronounced. Finding a proper composition in this landscape was a lot harder than I thought it would be. :giggle: Everything is so horizontal!

Glad you like it, though! :D
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aWildBowTie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Praise worthy or not, this is great. Personally I'd like to see more stuff like this from you to! :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm kind of wondering if I should ask people to donate photos of landscapes that they don't mind seeing me practice on. I'd take my own photos, but I don't have a proper camera. :B

Thank you! :aww:
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aWildBowTie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
That's actually a good idea! Depending on where they are, you could get a lot of variety.
I'd be willing to take some photos of my area for ya.

No Problem! :)
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EsorAurora Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I rather think it's gorgeous. I love the grass and the trees, how the you've given them life with the shadows and light- and gosh it just looks so lush and soft. =)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It does look pretty cushy, doesn't it? I miss just sitting on the grass. :giggle: Thanks!
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weaslrocks Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, the clouds are beautiful! Great job!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww: I was hoping to go about them in a different way, but the delicate colors behind the clouds made that a little tricky. :XD: Oh well!
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weaslrocks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Well I think they turned out very nice :)
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