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post #21 of 53 Old 09-28-2013, 07:33 PM
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Subscribing...I've tried a few watercolor paintings before, but still have much to learn. How on Earth did you pull off that background in the painting of the buck?
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post #22 of 53 Old 09-28-2013, 07:51 PM
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You are doing excellent! Wow!!!!!
I agree that buck is spectacular.

Good job on this swan, you may want to tint your shadows some more with a light secondary wash with either umber or sienna or a taaaaaad bit of black and slightly exaggerate the shadows... Lookin awesome!
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Subscribing...I've tried a few watercolor paintings before, but still have much to learn. How on Earth did you pull off that background in the painting of the buck?

I first painted in the major branches, then literally painted around each branch with the darker background. Then, put successive washes of light brown/green over the top, but made it more intense in color in some areas, lighter in others. It took a lot of time.
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You are doing excellent! Wow!!!!!
I agree that buck is spectacular.

Good job on this swan, you may want to tint your shadows some more with a light secondary wash with either umber or sienna or a taaaaaad bit of black and slightly exaggerate the shadows... Lookin awesome!
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Yes, more depth to the shadows might be good. Black, I never use. Never in watercolor. Only gray or the complimentary color for shadows.
I do , however , agree that it's a bit unfinished. Truth is, I fear I will go TOO far and ruin what is a pretty decent picture. More often than not, I overdo it, and wish I'd stopped at good enough.

I might to a very light wash with umber, but I want to stay in the blues. Or maybe a very pale violet would look nice. On the swan only.
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ACK! I know, it's so hard!

I crank up some earthy music or vivid classical and GO FOR IT! LOL!

I agree, I meant gray by saying a wash. I do use watered down black, then layer after layer build it up, using a brush that's been used with umbers so it slightly tints it. Just an idea! You are doing so awesome!
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homework from my watercolor class

here are a few paintings I have done recently for my watercolor class. The winter scene is not actually THAT blue, but the fading light made it look bluer than normal.

watercolor winter.jpg

watercolor gourds.jpg

watercolor gourds loose.jpg

watercolor rain and tourists.jpg
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Stunning, Tiny!
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Fantastic :)
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I love that snow scene - so dramatic
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post #30 of 53 Old 11-07-2013, 10:18 PM
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Man, these are SO good!

Never judge a book by its cover. Someone may look unusual, or funny, or scary. But you have to look past that and learn who they are inside.
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