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Reply #15 on: November 09, 2011, 01:42:55 AM
I've just ordered in some more paints to keep me going. This is so exciting!!!  :yippee: Paper is too expensive too ship so we'll make a stop in Martinique so I can visit the art shop there. Lloyd is concerned I might run out of supplies later. No idea what we'll find in Guatemala...  :painting:  :painting:  :painting:
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Reply #16 on: November 09, 2011, 08:15:59 AM
Here's my thoughts on the background Val. You probably already know all this.
Block it in only with flat values. But add more yellow are cooler greens (don't over do that thinking) where the general locations of these greens are at. Same with those very light values of highlights. I'm not sure you should listen to me because i do oils.... but anyway...after that, you just add the interesting things like the variations of the same darks and lights, then the little imperfections of the leaves. I know it's all about encouragement and that is the most important thing you and i need. I really believe strongly that we all have to discover the mistakes first so we can AVOID them later on.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #17 on: November 20, 2011, 12:51:02 PM
Here is an update on the Waterlily. Have started to fill in the background. So far have only used the one green and followed the mixing rules to deepen the colour. So far so good. Still have the habit of underestimating how much colour to mix. Glad I have your little pointer on replicating a colour Nolan  :sweat:  it has been invaluable!  O0

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Reply #18 on: November 20, 2011, 04:55:58 PM
Well, that's coming along nicely, Val.  O0
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Reply #19 on: November 20, 2011, 05:42:30 PM
Coming on nicely. Just add some shadowing at the base of the petals as they are getting deeper and deeper into the shade. This will give a more  3-dimensional look to the flower.
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Reply #20 on: November 21, 2011, 01:18:05 AM
Thanks Rick.

I wondered about that Dennis...This is where I tend to get stuck. Once the paint is dry, everything I do seems to end up in a hard edge. The shadow should fade out (soft edge) should it not? January is not coming quick enough! I am containing myself...sort of.  :heeha:
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Reply #21 on: November 21, 2011, 02:35:52 AM
Practice, Val. Listen, do what I did. Remember my clouds? I spent one week on them. Did nothing else but clouds. Must have painted a dozen paintings of nothing but clouds.
In your case, draw yourself a half dozen leaves or so then color 'em in then come back when they've dried and try to add shadows with different techniques.
I believe I saw one guy on YouTube actually re-wet the area he was going to re-work before applying any paint.
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Reply #22 on: November 21, 2011, 02:55:30 AM
Have done that Rick...its a delicate balancing act with how much water to how much paint. It has improved a lot with practice, but still end up with hard edges or a delightful ( >:( ) cauliflower where none is intended or desired. A bit of coaching is an absolute must in my case.  :D I know the  :smart: learned one will get me sorted come January...as long as I don't frighten him off by then!  >:D
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Reply #23 on: November 21, 2011, 05:25:03 AM
Val, I love the colors in your painting. :smitten:  I am amazed with people who can paint with watercolors! Never did understand it.  I will probably take Dennis's class in Jan., too. 
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Reply #24 on: November 21, 2011, 08:18:14 AM
 :heeha: Val, this is going to be an amazing painting.

The colors are so alive and vivid, beautiful  :clap: :clap:  :clap: so bright.

I too am amazed by anyone painting with watercolors, seems to me to be such an unforgiving medium. You can't keep fixing and refixing or "fiddling" as Pat calls it.

It's looking great Val.


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Reply #25 on: November 21, 2011, 08:26:49 AM
Oh well, watercolors have me baffled, too.   :confused:
I guess you guys are dying for January to get here.  ;D
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Reply #26 on: November 21, 2011, 09:10:23 AM
Val, I really love this watercolour.  Beautiful colours and I think the end result will be totally fabulous... :yippee:

Yes, I can quite believe the struggle with the medium.  Tried it once or twice a few years ago and got quite frustrated.  Wouldn't mind learning more about the medium myself seeing that I am of the opinion that it must be the most difficult medium to master...
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Reply #27 on: November 21, 2011, 01:29:29 PM
I am completely overwhelmed by your responses, thank-you very much. Watercolours have always been a bit of a mystery to me, one I have always wanted to learn. Even when I used to paint oils many years ago, if I saw a masterful watercolour I was just drawn to it. Just fascinates me how they work and flow together. Of course they have been the bane of my existence ever since!  :heeha:
C. thank-you so much for your comment. I hope we can learn this together, definately an Alice in Wonderland ordeal!  :2funny:
Anya, the first time I used artist quality w/c paints they scared the bejesus out of me.  :2funny: I'd never had paints with so much vibrancy. Starting to get used to them and love them. With some of the w/c paintings I have seen of late, I doubt I'll ever worry about being too bright again.  ;D
Leana thanks so much for your encouragement...trust me there are times.....
Rick you're absolutely right...January can't come quick enough. I feel like I'm about to stumble upon a treasure chest which will reveal phenomenal secrets.....
Cheers, Val

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Reply #28 on: November 21, 2011, 03:30:04 PM
Hi Val,

I'm looking forward to the watercolor sessions too.  I've been hooked on watercolor.  Progress has been slow but I love the medium.  I got hooked on watercolor right away, first try.  I love how it soaks into the paper and the colors can mix and blend right there.  There's a lot to learn about watercolor and I'm so happy we'll be getting super great instruction here.

Things just keep getting better and better around here.   :help:  I can't stand it any more!!!   :2funny: :2funny:

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Reply #29 on: November 21, 2011, 04:00:41 PM
Hi Lillian... I think it will be a fabulous course, the help I've received from Dennis I can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeve! A definate magician.  :clap:  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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