Sometimes they do get way out of hand. I think the best strategy for me, is to start out with no more than 2 major colors, then gradually introduce more. Repeating the colors throughout the image is also important.
So I'm totally loving the way you create a believable environment, that really feels overgrown and natural, lush and organic. The way these roots twist and build trees here and there is really cool. And you definitely know how to play off warm against cool. The only thing I'm not entirely sure about, is...if I see just the painting, without any description, I'm not sure if I would understand how it spatially works...because on the left there's this small pond enclosed by the roots, but on the right it seems like there's a sheer drop? With the ground 60 feet below? I think if maybe we saw a bit more of the transition between the root and the drop, it might make sense...right now I kind of wonder if the root is hanging in the air, or if it is on the edge of a cliff or something. And another little thing... I feel like the horizon for the pond is a different one than for the landscape below...like as if the pond tilts more towards us than the ground. But it's realllly subtle, and I'm probably just nitpicking here. Anyway, hope you don't mind these tiny critiques, because overall it's really a beautiful piece
Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to critique. I totally agree with what you're saying. The sheer drop was somewhat of an afterthought, because I realized after painting the pool that I needed to somehow indicate that the whole landscape was the same. I should be able to raise the horizon of the ground below.