thank you :) i created this without a photo reference. Just started painting the silhouette trees with different shades of gray/black. some are all black with lowered opacity to capture the color from the sky in the back and to fake in some depth within all the tree shapes. Then i though it would look cool if i added water in the front with the trees reflected on it. From there i saw the image had potential to add more details to it, i liked how it was going and well painted in the boat house and boat. I did use a photo of an old barn house as reference to get the wear down look of the house correct, since i didn't know what shades to use when painting it so it could look old. the photo helped me a lot on choosing the colors.
well i always have a problem naming my pieces, hehehe i make them and then dont know what to name them. While i was working on this one a co-worker of mine saw it and he said it reminded him of the lake from Friday the 13th. All foggy and misterious, and when i finished painting the boat house he said i should definitly name it like that lake. lake from the movie was 'Crystal Lake' so it stuck. But i do see what you mean, with a name like that someone pictures a more livelier scene.
Thanks! i had fun creating those. Made a brush with squigled lines and then changed the brush mode to rotate randomly and change size with pen pressure. and its just all black with lowered opacity to like 90ish. Thank you for the comment and great suggestions. if i have time ill create a happier sharper lake image :)
ohh, and sorry for writing so much, hehe i think i got carried away a little…