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Val

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on: November 09, 2010, 01:50:30 AM
This is my first watercolour...painted 2 yrs. ago while in Venezuela. Has some obvious flaws, but I really do love the sky (except the sun), and the islands. I've never been able to do a sky like that since!   :doh: Haven't the foggiest how I accomplished it.  :pullhair:  Is this common?  :confused:
Have tried many suggestions on what to do with the sun...all of which have not really improved the situation. I have one or two more to try. Any thoughts?
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Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 02:02:58 AM
the sky really is pretty, I think it's the colours that are just right that makes it so brilliant and alive.

I have found that if I shade the sun lighter to the edges I get a better glow effect, but you have to be careful to not have too big a contrast or the sun looks like a ball and we are not used to seeing the sun as a ball.


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Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 07:07:18 AM
 :heeha: Fantastic. I didn't know this could be achieved with w/c.  I am wondering if this was done while the paper was wet perhaps?
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Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 03:05:56 PM
I remember the paper was just wet to the point that it didn't quite run down the paper. I think where I have the problem now is probably the colour is not strong enough. Still have to work this one through. The paper I have now is also a bit rougher, I'm thinking that may be affecting the way the colours run and blend. (?) :confused: I was thinking of either extending the island in front of the sun a bit, or, putting more blue (?) across the bottom edge of the sun to show the horizon. Not sure if that would work. Any input?
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Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 07:28:33 PM
Remember to make your colours a bit darker than you want to finally be as they dry lighter.
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Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 12:05:21 AM
i would extend the island as opposed to adding more blue - you tend to get a lost line when the sun hits the horizon because of the glare from the sun


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Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 01:08:34 AM
I agree with extending the island, I'll try lifting out some more of the colour from the sun's edges as well. Is there anything that can be done with the sun reflections on the water? It was incredibly overpowering at first, I tried lifting some of the colour out but still not happy with it.  :help:
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Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 02:56:45 AM
I would actually soften the blue and add more sky colour in, that will balance the sun reflection


 

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