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JRASCHE2003

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on: April 30, 2014, 07:24:59 PM
So I have been so busy and broke, I haven't had time for a new lesson.  And it dawned on me today that Mothers Day is only a couple weeks away.

Ever since I was little, I would sneak out of the house and find lilacs to pick and bring home to my mother.  When she moved out of state I continued to send her something always lilac related.  Cards, stickers, candles.. what have you.

Since my mom has been so supportive of my art I thought I would try to do some sort of lilac scene in pastel and frame it to give to her.

well.. I made a go of it tonight.. and I am bummed because it just went all the hell.  I originally wanted it to me a lilac bush, lake and a Adirondack chair.  Well I smudged the chair so much it looked like fingers so I made it a tree.. then the bush didn't really work.. and now that I think of it, why would that bush be so close to that tree.. ugh!

Does anyone have any tips or know of a free tutorial on how to do some sort of lilac scene?  I would really love to surprise my mom.. I am not happy with this one so I think it may find it's way to the trash.. lol


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Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 08:21:33 PM
Make it simple. Forget the lake, bush, chair. Paint lilac flowers. Find the most pleasing photograph you can find and paint it BIG.
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Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 09:40:39 PM
Jessica,

You did well to save the painting, even though you didn't get the look you wanted.  I just did a quick YouTube search on watercolor painting lilacs and got a few options, so you can try doing that.

Good luck.

aloha

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JRASCHE2003

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Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 04:17:50 AM
Thank you both.

I found a pretty cool picture of a top of a lantern surrounded by lilacs -perhaps I may try that.  Or I may try find a close up and see if I can't do a large photo. 

In my head I wanted to draw a path with lilacs lining the entire path with a bench and possibly a small girl figure.. but I know I am not advanced enough for that.

I will give a different try tonight and hopefully I can create something worthy to send my mom, but not one that just gets tacked to the refrigerator rather one that she can frame and be proud of.  Or I may just have to frame the Farm House that I did from the lesson and give that to her.  She would still love it since it was my first pastel.

 


JRASCHE2003

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Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 04:23:21 AM
Oh but there is one thing I do LOVE about what I did on this.. the clouds!!!!  I was horrible at clouds with acrylic, and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE my clouds on this...  :D


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Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 06:38:25 AM
This really isn't that bad. You could salvage it if you want to.



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Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 08:06:23 AM
 
You could salvage it if you want to.
I was thinking the same thing
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Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 08:09:31 AM
Thank you.. I would need direction however.. I am not sure how to salvage it..


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Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 08:21:35 AM
Fix the horizon line of the lake and trees so that it is straight and not sloping down. 
Foreground is darker than the background.
I think the bush is pretty.
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