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on: September 25, 2014, 03:39:03 PM
Hi all,
Thought I'd try this to see if I could do Nolan's 'Cherries' in watercolors. This is my practice attempts at it so far.
It's a new medium for me. I haven't touched watercolors since the '60's as a teenager. My mom did watercolors but could never teach it to me. She's since passed on and I now want to give it a try... Go figure.  :)
I want to learn how to detail in this medium, too.  ;)  You know me and my details.  :smitten:



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Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 05:11:04 PM
Rick not bad. You might add some purple to the shadow side.  Also if it is sitting on a table you need a shadow under them. Keep on truckin.  O0

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Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 12:08:44 AM
Nina, yeah, I'm still working on it.  :thankyou: I'll post another pic in a day or three.  :)


Come on Val. Where's yours.  :knuppel2: :2funny:
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Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 03:05:41 AM
The grinder

Nice to see you take the cherries to watercolor.  Will look great when it's done.  I might try it, too.

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Reply #4 on: September 26, 2014, 03:10:18 AM
 :eek:        Rick, I've been wanting to do this for ages....right now I'm lucky to get anything done. I've got so many pieces 1/2 done, 1/4 done....  :2funny:
I seem to have a problem with putting a piece aside and coming back to finishing it. I seem unable to just pick up and carry on. I'd say my lighthouse drawing was the first reasonably completed drawing...even though I missed out a few bits.  :whistle: Just doesn't seem to work out well with my w/c or pastels.  :crazy2: I do much better if I can do the whole thing in one go.

Past 3 months most of my time has been spent at the hospital looking after mum and 1\2 the floor it turns out!  Just can't resist lending a hand and helping out!  ::)

My artistic attempts have been on hold but this will be my next w/c.  O0

Your cherries are quite good, an excellent start. Never fear....I'm right behind you!  :2funny:
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Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 07:29:01 PM
OK, great, Val. I do understand when real life gets in the way...  :2funny:
Sorry to hear about a sick family member.  :'(

I turned my 'canvas' on end and completely redid these cherries tonight and am still experimenting with shading and highlights in watercolor.
It's quite challenging, BTW.
Again, I'm thinking I like this medium over all of the others so far.  :)



Here's the source photo I'm working from. I didn't want to copy Nolan's exactly so I found this one.


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Reply #6 on: September 27, 2014, 03:36:26 AM
Looking fabulous so far Rick  O0   Some nice shadow colours coming in. Don't forget the darkest part of the cast shadow is closest to the cherries.

Ok, I'm going to buy some cherries today and do this. I think this should be manageable in my limited time frame....maybe  :confused:      :2funny:

Keep posting Rick, I'm following your lead!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #7 on: September 27, 2014, 03:43:51 AM
Great cherries.
Take care that the shadow has the same direction as the light source; you've put your highlights as if the lamp shines from the front and the shadow as if the light comes from the right side.

With this shadow, you have to  put the highlights more on the upper right side, or... with this highlight, you have to paint the shadows more to the background and not to the left.


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Reply #8 on: September 27, 2014, 04:53:59 AM
The Grinder, This will be verry nice once finished.   :clap:
Germa Good observation,  the things we learn with advice from our PB friends are so valuable.
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Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 06:55:25 AM
Rick,
 Germa is right about the highlight. Just look at the photo and you will see what we are talking about. Now if you highlight is where you put it then your shadow will also be in a different place. Just keep truckin.  O0

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Reply #10 on: September 27, 2014, 01:23:50 PM
Hi all,
Yup, my highlights are wrong. I see that, now that it had dried.  :whistle: It'll be a challenge to move them but I think I can with watercolors. If not, my cheap set of paints has white in it...  :2funny:

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Reply #11 on: September 27, 2014, 01:35:11 PM
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Reply #12 on: September 28, 2014, 10:59:33 PM
Here's a little update.  :clap:
I moved the highlights and darkened the shadows.  O0 This wasn't too bad. It came out pretty good, IMHO.
I'm having a little trouble with the right cherry, tho.  :knuppel2: The hard line of shadow won't blend out properly.  :thumbdown:

I like watercolors. I did all this while standing over the kitchen sink. It only took a few minutes. Try that with oils.  ;)


 
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Reply #13 on: September 29, 2014, 01:07:01 AM
Getting better, but I think water colour paintings need there own time too, to make them perfect; now there is a dark edge around your shadows which would never show; the darkest part is against the cherries, not on the outside of the shadow. ;)

(just to keep you longer at the kitchen sink ;) ; so recognisable: that's where I made my one and only wc painting)


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Reply #14 on: September 29, 2014, 03:26:10 AM
 :thankyou: Germa.
I believe this is the best I can do at this level of watercolor knowledge I'm at. I believe I need to improve my skills to do any better, and that'll take some time.
I'm just a beginner and this is my first painting.

OK, Val. I'm finished.
Waddaya think?

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