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Gita

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on: May 29, 2017, 02:51:44 AM
Startet painting this, somehow not happy since the result is not what I expected. 😔Would be happy to hear an opinion how to make this better ( if at all possible, since this is WC)😖. I think I might have to start all over again. 😤. Sharing this with you, eventhough I would put this away up on a shelf.

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Reply #1 on: May 29, 2017, 04:40:49 AM
Gita, I think your bird and the branches are beautifully painted. The only thing I might suggest is to perhaps darken some of the leaves a bit more on their undersides, to create greater tonal value.

What doesn't seem to be working so well for you is the sky. In the original painting, the drama of that rich blue sky contrasts well with the yellow bird. The sky in your painting feels a bit too busy to me, and is all mid-tones. I have recently been having the same problem with my own skies--which is why I tend to shy away from landscapes.

What I have sometimes done with my own paintings in which the sky looks terrible to me and I'm ready to stop altogether, is to wash--flood--the entire sky with lots of water. (If there are no other objects in the painting, I'll even place the whole painting under the tap in the kitchen sink!) If you want to do this, you will have to work carefully, thoroughly wetting section by section. While the area is still very wet, wipe & then blot it with a paper towel to remove as much pigment as possible. Then you can dry it with a hair dryer, front and back. When the sky area is completely dry, you can repaint it with clear blue pigment--maybe several glazes to build up the color. A few soft clouds would be fine, too.

I know my suggestion sounds drastic. As I said, I only do this when I've otherwise given up hope for the painting. So if you don't want to do that, perhaps others here will have some different ideas.
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Reply #2 on: May 29, 2017, 04:44:40 AM
I agree with Sue that the sky is a bit too busy  and the leaves can be a bit darker,  otherwise, nicely done. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #3 on: May 29, 2017, 05:58:46 AM
I must admit I have taken the hose to more than a few of my 'not as perceived' paintings myself.  :whistle:

I must agree the area that would most improve with a do over would be the sky. I think it is the sky that really sets off the whole picture.
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Reply #4 on: May 29, 2017, 07:00:38 AM
Thank you so much Susan for your valuable suggestions!  :flowers: At first I was reluctant to paint a larger area blue sky (this paper is 40 x 60), since I was not very successful in the past. My attempt to paint a sort of mixed sky is suboptimal.  I shall try to apply your suggestion of washing colour off and getting a homogenous blue.
I can only do this after my last long flight back to Germany.😮 Leaving tomorrow. Sigh, my wonderful vacation has almost finished..🦎🐬🌸🌴🦀🌊🌴🌿🦇🌄🐠🌊🐢🐟🐜🕷.....but have taken enough colours and inspiration for further painting😄

Thanks for your comment Mary-Lou, Val.
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Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 01:03:55 PM
Safe flight Gita, see you anon.  :wave:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 01:56:13 PM
Safe flight back Gita
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Reply #7 on: May 30, 2017, 08:46:09 AM
Happy travels, Gita! And scrubbing and redoing the sky isn't as difficult as it sounds - and the end results will make you feel so much happier!!
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Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 10:52:13 AM
 :thankyou: Val, Win, Sharon! Back again in good old Germany. Hope I can manage the scrubbing tomorrow. 😁
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Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 11:27:16 AM
Glad you are safely home and with wonderful memories of your holiday.

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Reply #10 on: May 30, 2017, 12:37:07 PM
Great that you are back safe and sound Gita.  I too, have washed quite a few of my paintings, a lot of which have ended up in the bin.  Because I am 'background challenged' with painting, I tried the challenge with pastels but still struggled a bit.  Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do.


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Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 11:22:52 PM
Tried fixing this with WC like Susan suggested.  That turned out to be another challenge. I could not resist myself to save this bird😌.  So switched the medium, the background is acrylic, parts of the leaves and bird are acrylic and CP. I could use acrylic since the paper was thick enough. The result is acceptable... but not one of my best productions for all the time invested 😮. The background needs another thin coating to remove the white spots.🙄
Just sharing this with you, I learnt quite a bit by taking part in this painting challenge. Would be happy to hear your crits.
Thanks for the photo, Val! And thank you again for all the valuble suggestions, I am so thrilled to be in touch with all you PBs and talk about art.


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Reply #12 on: June 01, 2017, 12:44:04 AM
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Cheers, Val

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Reply #13 on: June 01, 2017, 03:26:59 AM
A good save, Gita! Good for you for thinking outside the box and making this a mixed media creation. Painting is truly a learning experience, isn't it?
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Reply #14 on: June 01, 2017, 03:52:17 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wow, Gita, you saved the painting and I think you are so brave to experiment but it has paid off. Lovely to see that our efforts can be saved and not end up in the bin.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful members to help us as I said before.  We are blessed.


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