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Val

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on: December 31, 2010, 08:47:24 AM
 :help: I'm still having a battle with painting skies. As can be seen in 'Kajun Diva', the blue turned quite granular once the wash went on. Have trouble lifting out clouds and getting the colours to blend in variegated sky. Tends to get that 'banded' look, although not quite as bad as it used to. I'm hoping it might improve once I get my new paintbox. I haven't tried working from pans as yet but I think just having the better quality paints might help.
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Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010, 12:13:19 PM
Val, as usual, give a short while I will try to do a demo (Ouch! my list she grows) on skies with watercolor. It is best to start off with loose clouds and not too detailed and let the water do its thing. The big secret is to not let the paper dry out in the area you are working in - and not to go over it again and again (fiddling). I suspect you  are working the clouds when they have already dried out - hence the banding.

Don't forget that some colors are naturally granular while other are staining colors. The rougher the paper the more the granules will show because they pocket and gather together in the hollows. Often artists use this granular side to great effect.

Unless you have extremely cheap paints it does not really matter if you use the pans and/or the tubes. Often it is personal preference - I use both. It is more the technique that counts.
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Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010, 07:35:14 PM
Thanks for that Dennis. I'll look forward to that. By the time I get to be good at this you should be a movie star in your own right!   ;D
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Reply #3 on: December 31, 2010, 08:09:11 PM
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Reply #4 on: January 01, 2011, 03:57:23 AM
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Cheers, Val

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Reply #5 on: January 01, 2011, 12:02:11 PM
from your Kajun Diva painting, your paper does look quite textured so you won't be able to get a smooth sky Val


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Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 01:07:07 AM
Will check to see if the stationery has their shipment yet. I hear rumour this one should have some new brushes and paper...funny the things I find exciting nowadays!  :yippee:
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Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 02:43:04 AM
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